The Commission's electoral review of Torridge District Council was completed in November 2017. The aim of the review was to deliver electoral equality for voters in local elections and recommend ward boundaries that ensure each councillor represents approximately the same number of electors.
Our review also aimed to ensure that ward boundaries reflected the interests and identities of local communities, and provided for effective and convenient local government.
|Dates from:||Dates to:|
|Consultation on warding arrangements||26 April 2016||4 July 2016|
|Consultation on draft recommendations||6 September 2016||31 October 2016|
|Final recommendations||24 January 2017|
Recommendations become law
The Torridge (Electoral Changes) Order 2017, to implement recommendations made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) for new boundaries in Torridge, was made on 8 November 2017.
New ward arrangements for Torridge District Council have now successfully completed a 40 day period of Parliamentary scrutiny and will come into force at the local elections in 2019.
The Order for Torridge District Council can be viewed through the following link.
On 13 July 2017, the Torridge (Electoral Changes) Order 2017 was laid in draft in Parliament. Now that that draft Order has successfully passed through Parliament, it will give effect to the final recommendations that were consulted on during the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s review of electoral arrangements for Torridge District Council, and published on 24 January 2017.
The draft Order can be viewed here.
The draft Order refers to a map which can be viewed here.
On 24th January 2017 we published final recommendations for future electoral arrangements in Torridge District Council. The report is available in the link below.
To interact with the final recommendations mapping click on the image above to visit our consultation area. You can view both the existing and proposed boundaries and search by area or postcode.
We have now completed our electoral review of Torridge District Council. The changes we have proposed must be approved by parliament. A draft Order - the legal document which brings into force our recommendations will be laid before parliament. The draft Order will provide for new electoral arrangements for the council to be implemented at the local elections in 2019.
We would like to invite you to participate in our online survey. The survey seeks feedback on the review processes and procedures, in order to identify improvements that can be made. We would be grateful if you could spare some time to complete the opinion survey.
The consultation on our draft recommendations closed on 31 October 2016.
Please find listed below the submissions we received for this stage of the submission:
Parish and Town Councils:
On 6 September 2016 we published our draft recommendations for the electoral review of Torridge District Council. Between 6 September 2016 and 31 October 2016, we invited comments on our draft recommendations. These can be found at the links below.
You may find the electoral figures (XLS) useful when thinking about division arrangements.
Guidance is available on our Guidance page. You may also wish to read our document Electoral Reviews: Technical Guidance, which contains detailed guidance on the review process and information on the legislation reviews are carried out under.
Below are all the submissions that we recieved
Parish and Town Councils:
On 26th January 2016, we started the first period of consultation for a pattern of wards for Torridge District Council. Between 26 April and 4 July 2016, we invited comments on the ward boundaries for the authority.
The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that Torridge District Council should have 36 councillors in the future, the same amount as the current arrangements.
The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Torridge to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 36 councillors.
For more information read our news release and the letter to the Chief Executive of Torridge District Council (PDF).
You may find the electoral figures (XLS) useful when thinking about warding arragements.
Polling District Maps may also be useful when thinking about warding arrangements. You can view the polling district map below. Please note polling district mapping data has been supplied by Torridge District Council and may contain boundary errors
To view the existing warding arrangements visit our consultation area. You can search by area or postcode.
Guidance is available on our Guidance Page. You may also wish to read our document Electoral Reviews: Technical Guidance, which contains detailed guidance on the review process and information on the legislation reviews are carried out under.
As part of the preliminary process we consulted with Torridge District Council on the most apporopriate council size (the number of councillors on Torridge District Council). We recieved one submission on council size.
- Torridge District Council (PDF)
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Torridge District Council.
The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the district.
The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 36 district councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangements.
The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Torridge to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 36 district councillors.
In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Torridge.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Torridge. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
“If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Torridge, then this consultation is for you. Alternatively, if you’re simply interested in the way the district is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.
“Your views will make a difference.
“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Torridge or just a small part of the district.
“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in September.”
Local people have until 4 July 2016 to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.
Notes to editors:
1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structures.
2. The aim of an electoral review is to provide for ‘electoral equality’; that means each councillor representing approximately the same number of electors. The Commission must also have regard to community identity and interests and providing effective and convenient local government.
3. The types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:
· Do you have suggestions about where your ward boundaries should be?
· Which areas do you identify as your local community?
· Where do people in your area go to access local facilities such as shops and leisure activities?
4. Residents have from 26 April to 4 July 2016 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Torridge’s 36 councillors should be drawn. The Commission will then publish its draft recommendations in September 2016 and open a further phase of consultation with local people. New wards are scheduled to come into effect at the 2019 council elections.
5. Members of the public can have their say on the new electoral arrangements by writing to:
The Review Officer (Torridge)
LGBCE, 14th floor, Millbank Tower
Email: [email protected]
Follow the Commission on Twitter: @LGBCE
Go directly to the Commission’s consultation portal at: www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk
Find out more on our website at: www.lgbce.org.uk
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1250 / 1525 or email: [email protected]