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Local electoral arrangements finalised for Pendle Borough Council

17th December 2019


News Release


Local electoral arrangements finalised for Pendle Borough Council


Embargoed until: 00.01, 17 December 2019


The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Pendle Borough Council.


Illustrate your story with a map of the new ward boundaries. Find a high res image at: http://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/North%20West/Lancashire/Pendle/Final%20Recs/withoutlabels.jpg


Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2019


Today’s publication follows two rounds of public consultation and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Pendle.


All of Pendle’s current council wards will change as a result of the review.


The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Pendle should be represented by 33 borough councillors in the future: sixteen fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent ten three-councillor wards, one two-councillor ward and one single-councillor ward.


Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Pendle who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.


“We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout Pendle.”


In response to local feedback during public consultation, the Commission has made changes to some of the proposals it published for consultation in July. In the west of Pendle, local people and organisations argued against the Commission’s original proposal to include the rural parishes of Old Laund Booth and Higham with West Close Booth in a ward with the urban parishes of Brierfield and Reedley. The Commission has listened to those local views and its final recommendations now propose a one-councillor Fence & Higham ward alongside a two-councillor Brierfield West & Reedley ward to better reflect community interests and identities in this part of Pendle.  


In the north of the borough, the Commission has listened to local feedback that argued in favour of changing the names of the proposed West Craven West ward and West Craven East ward. The Commission has listened to those views and now proposes that the wards should be called Barnoldswick and Earby & Coates wards. In the east of the borough, the Commission has agreed to change the name of the proposed Waterside ward to Waterside & Horsfield ward. In the south of the borough, the Commission has agreed to change the name of the proposed Southfield & Marsden ward to Marsden & Southfield ward.


The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2020.




For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email: press@lgbce.org.uk


Notes to editors:


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


  1. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/15934.

Or: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/north-west/lancashire/pendle.