Local electoral arrangements finalised for Surrey Heath Borough Council
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Surrey Heath Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Surrey Heath.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Surrey Heath should be represented by 35 borough councillors in the future: four fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent seven three-councillor wards and seven two-councillor wards across the borough.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Surrey Heath 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 Surrey Heath.”
In response to local feedback during two stages of consultation, the Commission has made changes to some of its proposals. For example, it had previously proposed that the College Ride area of Camberley should be part of Old Dean ward rather than Town ward. Following a special phase of consultation in this part of Surrey Heath, the Commission has changed its recommendation so that the College Ride and neighbouring roads will be part of the Town ward.
Elsewhere in the borough, the Commission has made changes to recommendations it published for consultation in January. For example, Frimley High Street and railway station will be part of Frimley ward rather than Frimley Green as previously proposed.
To the south of Camberley, the Commission has also amended its draft recommendations so that Youlden Close and Youlden Drive will be part of Parkside ward rather than Heatherside ward as previously proposed. The change reflects local road access.
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 Surrey Heath Borough 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: /current-reviews/south-east/surrey/surrey-heath.