Local electoral arrangements finalised for South Gloucestershire Council
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for South Gloucestershire Council.
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Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals last year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across South Gloucestershire.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that South Gloucestershire should be represented by 61 councillors in the future: nine fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 9 three-councillor wards, fifteen two-councillor wards and 4 one-councillor wards.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across South Gloucestershire 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 South Gloucestershire.”
In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has changed some of the recommendations it published in August 2017. For example, local people and organisations argued that the previous proposal to divide the parish of Stoke Lodge & The Common between two wards did not reflect local community ties. The Commission has listened to the evidence and proposes to include the whole of the Stoke Lodge & The Common parish in Bradley Stoke North ward.
In the east of the council area, local people also objected to the Commission’s previous proposal to divide Chipping Sodbury from its surrounding communities so that the area would be covered by a Chipping Sodbury and a Sodbury Vale ward. The Commission has listened to evidence about the community interactions in this part of South Gloucestershire and now proposes that the whole area should be represented by a single Chipping Sodbury & Cotswold Edge ward to be represented by two councillors.
Elsewhere in South Gloucestershire, the Commission has responded positively to local views that suggested changing the name of one of the proposed wards. As such, the proposed University ward is renamed Stoke Park & Cheswick ward.
Full details of the final recommendations are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk.
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 2019.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email: [email protected]
Notes to editors:
- 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.
- The electoral review of South Gloucestershire Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.
- Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/9254.