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News Release: New political map for St Helens Council

29th June 2021

St Helens is set to have new boundaries for its council wards.

 

 

 

 

 

New wards for St Helens

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/Reviews/North%20West/Merseyside/St%20Helens/Final%20Recs%20No%20Labels.jpg

 

The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed St Helens 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 St Helens. It says residents should be represented by 48 councillors. This is the same number as the council has currently.

There will be 18 wards, two more than currently. There will be one one-councillor ward, four two-councillor wards, and 13 three-councillor wards. The boundaries of most of the wards will be changed.

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

“We are very grateful to people in St Helens. 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.” 

The Commission received 115 comments to help decide the new wards. Changes in response to what local people said include: 

The Commission have moved the Hill Top area back into the Rainford ward based on the response of representatives regarding the identity of the local community.

The Commission have also moved the Foxwood estate into Thatto Heath ward based on a submission from a local resident.

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/merseyside/st-helens.

Parliament now needs to agree the changes. The new arrangements will then apply for the 2022 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 press@lgbce.org.uk

An interactive map is available at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/22471.

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