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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Staffordshire 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 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 confirming its recommendations as final subject to the following changes. In Stafford borough the Committee proposes renaming Castle, Stafford East and Stafford South divisions as Gnosall & Doxey, Stafford Central and Stafford South-East divisions. In East Staffordshire borough Stretton and Tutbury divisions will be renamed as Horninglow & Stretton and Dove divisions. The final recommendations are for retaining the existing council size of 62 members representing 59 divisions, three fewer than at present.
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
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