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New political map for Central Bedfordshire Council

12th January 2021

News Release from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England 

 

Embargoed until: 00:01 12 January 2021 

 

New political map for Central Bedfordshire Council 

 

Central Bedfordshire is set to have new boundaries for its council wards.  

 

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New wards for Central Bedfordshire Council 

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/Eastern/Bedfordshire/Central%20Beds/Final/Labels.pdf  

 

The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed Central Bedfordshire 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 Central Bedfordshire. It says residents should be represented by 63 councillors. This is four more than there are now. 

 

There will be 31 wards, comprised of nine single-councillor wards, 12 two-councillor wards and ten three-councillor wards. The boundaries of 19 wards should change, 12 will stay the same.   

 

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

 

“We are very grateful to people in Central Bedfordshire. 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.”   

Local residents and organisations made 375 comments to help decide the new wards. Changes in response to what local people said include:  

  • renaming our proposed Arlesey ward to Arlesey & Fairfield  

  • recommending a revised pattern of wards for Dunstable that more closely resembles the existing warding pattern 

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/eastern/bedfordshire/central-bedfordshire  

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 [email protected]  

An interactive map is available at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/18789 

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