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Local electoral arrangements finalised for South Cambridgeshire District Council

18th October 2016

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for South Cambridgeshire District Council.

 

Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across South Cambridgeshire.

 

The Commission’s final recommendations propose that South Cambridgeshire should be represented by 45 district councillors in the future: twelve fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent five three-member wards, nine two-member wards and twelve single-member wards across the district.

 

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across South Cambridgeshire who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.

 

“We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout South Cambridgeshire.”

 

In response to local feedback, the Commission has changed the draft proposals it published for consultation in May. For example, the Commission previously proposed that the south west of the district should include a Gamlingay & The Mordens ward which would consist of several local parishes and be represented by two councillors. After listening to local views, the Commission has amended the recommendation so that the area will be represented by three single-member wards called Gamlingay, The Mordens and Bassingbourn. The Commission was persuaded that the new proposal provides a better reflection of community ties in that part of South Cambridgeshire.

 

Full details of the final recommendations are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk.

 

The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2018.

 

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

 

Notes to editors:

 

  1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected and – separately - for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.

 

  1. The review has only considered council ward and division boundaries. It is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is led by a different organisation, under unrelated rules and on a different timetable.

 

  1. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/eastern/cambridgeshire/south-cambridgeshire.

Or https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/6215.