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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in North Yorkshire 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 April 2002. They include changes to division boundaries across the area.
Pamela Gordon, Chair of the Committee said: In June 2004, a further 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 but three existing divisions will be subject to change. We are broadly confirming our draft recommendations as final, subject to the following amendments. In Harrogate borough the Committee proposes renaming two divisions. In Richmondshire district, we propose transferring one parish into the Upper Dales division and three parishes into Middle Dales division. Our final recommendations are for a council size of 72 councillors, a decrease of two, representing 68 divisions, a decrease of six.
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 review of North Yorkshires electoral arrangements began on 30 April 2002, with the Committee publishing its draft recommendations on 28 May 2003. The review was halted in June 2003 after the Committee began a review of local government structures for Yorkshire and The Humber. The draft recommendations were re-issued on 2 June 2004 and followed by a further period of consultation. Details are available on the Committees web site at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk
3. The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.