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News Release: A new political map for Fylde

30th November 2021

News Release from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Embargoed until: 00:01 30 November 2021


New political map for Fylde Borough Council

Fylde is set to have new boundaries for its council wards.

 

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New wards for Fylde Borough Council

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2021

High resolution map available at https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Fylde%20final%20recommendations-%20NO%20labels.pdf

 

The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed Fylde 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 Fylde. It says residents should be represented by 31 councillors. This is fourteen fewer than current arrangements.

There will be 17 wards; one single-councillor ward, twelve two-councillor wards, and four three-councillor wards. This is four fewer wards than there are now. The boundaries of 19 wards have changed. Two, Medlar-with-Wesham and St Johns, will stay the same although St Johns will be re-named Lytham East.   

 

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

“We are very grateful to people in Fylde. 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.” 

 

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

  • We are making changes to our draft recommendations for St Anne’s. In doing so, we are recommending ward boundaries proposed to us by St Anne’s-on-the-Sea Town Council.
  • Whilst we acknowledge and have taken into careful consideration representations we received about our draft recommendations for Freckleton, we are recommending that part of the parish of Freckleton join Newton-with-Clifton and Treales, Roseacre & Wharles parishes to form a Rural East Fylde 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/north-west/lancashire/fylde.

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: 

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/24729

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