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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Norfolk are being submitted to The Electoral Commission today. The recommendations from The Boundary Committee for England mark the end of a review which began in March 2003. They include changes to division boundaries across the area.
Pamela Gordon, Chair of the Committee said: In February 2004, an eight-week period of public consultation on the draft recommendations began. The responses lead to some changes to our original proposals. The aim of the review has been to ensure that, as far as possible, one persons vote should have the same value as anothers. The improvements in electoral equality we are recommending today meet that objective without disrupting community interests.
The Electoral Commission is now responsible for deciding the outcome of the Committees recommendations and all further correspondence should be addressed to The Secretary, The Electoral Commission, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.
The boundaries of all existing divisions will be subject to change. We are broadly confirming our draft recommendations for six of the seven districts in Norfolk as final, subject to the following amendments. In North Norfolk district, we propose two division name changes. In South Norfolk, we propose transferring Woodton and Bedingham from Long Stratton division to an amended Loddon division. In Norwich City, we are confirming our further draft recommendations for 13 coterminous  single-member divisions. Our final recommendations are for a council size that remains unchanged at 84 councillors, representing 84 divisions.
The Committees reports are available on its website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk or at council offices and at public libraries. Copies of the reports can also be obtained by writing to The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.
Maxine Hoeksma on 020 7271 0531 or Tabitha Cunniffe on 020 7271 0529
Out of Office hours 07789 920 414, Fax: 020 7271 0528
Notes to editors:
1. PDFs of maps are available on The Boundary Committees website www.boundarycommittee.org.uk For copyright permission, contact Ordnance Surveys helpline on 023 8030 5092.
2. The present review of Norfolk began on 11 March 2003. Draft recommendations were published on 24 February 2004 and further recommendations were published on 29 June 2004. Both of these reports are available on the Committees web site at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk
3. A coterminous division is one which is made up of entire district or borough wards. Coterminosity across the county is calculated by the percentage of divisions that are made up of entire district or borough wards.
4. The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.