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New political map for Bracknell Forest Council

8th December 2020

News Release from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England 

 

Embargoed until: 00:01 08 December 2020 

 

New political map for Bracknell Forest Council  

 

Bracknell Forest is set to have new boundaries for its council wards.  

 

 

New wards for Bracknell Forest 

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2020 

High-resolution map available at: https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/South%20East/Berkshire/Bracknell%20Forest/Final/Bracknell%20Map%20-%20Labels.jpg  

 

The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed Bracknell Forest 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 Bracknell Forest. It says residents should be represented by 41 councillors, this is one fewer than there are now. There will be 15 wards, three fewer than there are now. There will be 11 three-councillor wards and four two-councillor wards. The boundaries of all wards should change; none will stay the same.  

   

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

 

“We are very grateful to people in Bracknell Forest. 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.”   

112 people and organisations made comments to help decide the new wards. Changes in response to what local people said include:  

 

The Commission considered local feedback about its proposed single-councillor ward in Bracknell town centre. As a result of the evidence received, it is now recommending that this area is paired with the Parks in a two-councillor Town Centre & The Parks ward. 
 
It also received overwhelming evidence that the Quelm Park area, included in Priestwood & Garth ward in earlier proposals, should be part of a Warfield Ward. As a result of this feedback, it is recommending that this area is included in a three-councillor Binfield North & Warfield West ward. 

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/south-east/berkshire/bracknell-forest.  

    

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

 

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Notes to editors:  

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

An interactive map is available at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/19640  

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