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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Warwickshire 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 August 2002. They include changes to division boundaries across the area.
Pamela Gordon, Chair of the Committee said: During autumn 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 most of the existing divisions will be subject to change. All divisions are based on district wards, most of which have changed as a result of the recent district council Periodic Electoral Reviews. The Committee is substantially confirming its draft recommendations as final subject to the following amends.
In North Warwickshire the Committee is basing proposals on a locally generated scheme. In Nuneaton & Bedworth the Committee is proposing a division name change to better reflect the identities of the component communities. In Stratford on Avon the Committee is adopting four divisions in the east of the district as put forward by local groups. In Warwick the Committee is proposing changing Leamington Manor to Leamington North division to reflect its geographic position. The Committee is also proposing to adopt two divisions in the South of the towns of Royal Leamington Spa and Warwick as put forward by local groups. The final recommendations are for a council size of 62 councillors, representing 56 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 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:
The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.