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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Suffolk 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 December 2002. They include changes to division boundaries across the area.
Pamela Gordon, Chair of the Committee said: In January 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 Committee confirms its draft recommendations as final, subject to some modifications. In Ipswich borough, we are proposing to rename our proposed University division St Helens. In the districts of Mid Suffolk and Suffolk Coastal, we propose renaming four and two of our proposed divisions, respectively. In Waveney district, we are proposing amendments to five of our proposed divisions. We are confirming as final our proposal for a council size of 75 members, five fewer than at present. Suffolk would contain 63 divisions, 17 fewer than at present. The boundaries of all divisions, except Bixley, would be subject to change.
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 Suffolk began on 10 December 2002. Draft recommendations were published on 13 January 2004 and are also available on the Committees web site at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk
3. The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.