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New political map for Amber Valley Borough Council

18th January 2022

Amber Valley is set to have new boundaries for its council wards.

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New wards for Amber Valley

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2022

High resolution map available at https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/East%20Midlands/Derbyshire/Amber%20Valley/Final/NoLabels.jpg

 

The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed Amber Valley to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.

The Commission has published final recommendations for changes in Amber Valley. It says residents should be represented by 42 councillors. This is a decrease of 3 from the existing arrangements.

There will be 18 wards, five fewer than there are now, formed of six three-councillor wards and 12 two-councillor wards.

Publishing the recommendations Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:

“We are very grateful to people in Amber Valley. We looked at all the views they gave us. They helped us improve our earlier proposals.

 “We believe the new arrangements will guarantee electoral fairness while maintaining local ties.” 

47 people and organisations made comments to help decide the new wards. Changes in response to what local people said include merging Alport and South West Parishes wards to create a larger two-councillor Alport & South West Parishes ward, in order to secure better electoral equality in the long term.

The Commission has made further changes to its earlier proposals. Details can be found on its website at https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/east-midlands/derbyshire/amber-valley.

Parliament now needs to agree the changes. The new arrangements will then apply for the 2023 council elections.  

 

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Notes to editors: 

This consultation relates to the arrangements for local government elections. It is separate from consultations that are currently taking place across England on arrangements for parliamentary elections.

For further information contact the Commission’s press office on 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email [email protected]

An interactive map is available at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/25039.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent body accountable to Parliament. It recommends fair electoral and boundary arrangements for local authorities in England. In doing so, it aims to:

  • Make sure that, within an authority, each councillor represents a similar number of electors
  • Create boundaries that are appropriate, and reflect community ties and identities
  • Deliver reviews informed by local needs, views and circumstances