News Release: New political map for Suffolk County Council
Suffolk County is set to have new boundaries for its council’s electoral divisions.
New divisions for Suffolk County Council
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High resolution map available at https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/Eastern/Suffolk%20County/Final%20Recs/OS%20Map.pdf
The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed Suffolk to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that division arrangements will help the council work effectively.
The Commission has published final recommendations for changes in Suffolk. It says residents should be represented by 70 councillors. This is five fewer than the current number of councillors.
There will be 68 single-councillor divisions and one two-councillor division of Beccles & Kessingland. The boundaries of all but one division will change.
Publishing the recommendations Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We are very grateful to people in Suffolk. 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.”
Changes in response to what local people said include:
The retention of the two-councillor Beccles & Kessingland division put forward as part of the further draft recommendations. Having considered the evidence received at all stages of the review the Commission concluded that this avoids dividing a number of communities that have expressed shared interests.
A number of changes in Bury St Edmunds to reflect the evidence received. The Commission has created single-councillor Abbeygate & Minden and St Olaves & Tollgate divisions. These divisions are based on existing district wards in Bury St Edmunds.
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/suffolk/suffolk-county-council.
Parliament now needs to agree the changes. The new arrangements will then apply for the 2025 council elections.
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@example.com
An interactive map is available at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/18495
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