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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Shropshire 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 July 2002. They include changes to division boundaries across the area.
Pamela Gordon, Chair of the Committee said: During summer 2003 a successful public consultation on the draft recommendations was carried out. The responses have led to us changing some of the 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 divisions except Albrighton division in Bridgnorth will be subject to change. All divisions are based on district wards, which changed as a result of the recent district council Periodic Electoral Reviews. The Committee is moving away from its draft recommendations in the following areas. In Bridgnorth the Committee is proposing amended Much Wenlock and Stottesdon divisions to improve electoral equality. In Shrewsbury & Atcham, the Committee is proposing amended Burnell, Loton and Rea Valley divisions to provide a better reflection of community identity and to improve electoral equality. The Committee is also adopting three locally proposed amendments in Shrewsbury town to provide a better reflection of community identity. In South Shropshire the Committee is proposing amended Church Stretton and Clun divisions to provide a better reflection of community identity. The Committees final recommendations are for a council size of 48, an increase of four, representing 46 divisions, an increase of two. As part of its final recommendations the Committee is proposing two two-member divisions, one in North Shropshire and one in Oswestry
The Committees report is available on its website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk or at council offices and at public libraries. Copies of the report can also be obtained by writing to The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.
Elise Cross on 020 7271 0530 or Gemma Crosland on 020 7271 0527
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 Shropshire began on 9 July 2002. Draft recommendations were published on 28 May 2003 and are also available on the Committees web site at www.boundarycommittee.org.ukThe Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.