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Commission publishes final recommendation on Gresley Way boundary quirk

16th May 2012

Commission publishes final recommendation on Gresley Way boundary quirk

15th May 2012

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is recommending that homes in the Gresley Way area should be part of Stevenage borough in future.

At present, parts of Gordian Way, Neptune Gate and Trajan Gate are represented by East Hertfordshire District Council while other parts of the same area are represented by Stevenage Borough Council. The boundary currently cuts through properties and gardens and divides the local community

Following a six-week public consultation, residents and local groups unanimously backed the Commission’s draft recommendation to make the boundary change which would see 19 properties, which are currently in East Hertfordshire District, transfer into Stevenage borough. The proposal also means that a further 15 households whose homes or gardens are currently split by the boundary would be wholly in Stevenage Borough.

Chair of the Commission, Max Caller said, “We’re proposing a common sense solution for the residents of Gordian Way, Neptune Gate, Trajan Gate and the local authorities that currently serve them. During our six week consultation, local people told us they agreed with our proposal to unite the area in Stevenage and that’s what we’re now recommending to Government.

“A boundary that cuts through residents’ homes and gardens causes confusion and doesn’t promote effective local government. I hope the small change we are proposing makes a big difference to local people and the services they receive.” The Commission has written today (15 May) to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who will take the final decision on the proposal. He will decide whether the proposal should be implemented and, if so, when. Before taking a decision, there is a four week period for anyone to make representations directly to the Secretary of State.

Representations should be sent to:

East Hertfordshire and Stevenage Principal Area Boundary Review
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Eland House
Bressenden Place
London, SW1E 5DU

 

Or by email to: LocalGovernmentBoundaries@communities.gsi.gov.uk

To view the Commission’s recommendation for the Gresley Way area, the full report and map visit at www.lgbce.org.uk

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Notes to editors:

1.  The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, and for conducting reviews of local authority external boundaries and structure.  

2.  The LGBCE has carried out a principal area boundary review (PABR) of the boundary between East Hertfordshire District Council and Stevenage Borough Council. A PABR is a review of the external boundaries of two or more local authorities to promote convenient and effective local government. Reviews of this kind range from addressing minor boundary anomalies that hinder effective service delivery to whole-council mergers.

3.  The existing district boundary cuts through 29 residential properties in Gordian Way, Neptune Gate and Trajan Gate in the area close to Gresley Way. Additionally, five properties are entirely within East Hertfordshire district. As a result of the current boundary position, 19 properties within these three cul-de-sacs are represented by East Hertfordshire District Council, while 15 are represented by Stevenage Borough Council. However, the existing boundary means that the access for all the East Hertfordshire residents in the affected properties is via Stevenage borough.

4.  The Commission was approached by both East Hertfordshire District Council and Stevenage Borough Council in 2011 who pointed out the apparent boundary anomaly and asked the Commission to consider carrying out a review.