Boundary Commission Recommendations
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Newcastle-under-Lyme.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Newcastle-under-Lyme should be represented by 44 borough councillors in the future: sixteen fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent six three-councillor wards, eleven two-councillor wards and four one-councillor wards across the borough.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Newcastle-under-Lyme 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 Newcastle-under-Lyme.”
In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has made changes to some of its proposals. For example, in Newcastle-under-Lyme town, the Commission received local representations that objected to the Commission’s proposal to include an area of housing to the north of Grange Lane in the May Bank ward.
In response to the representations made, the Commission has decided to modify its proposed May Bank, Wolstanton and Cross Heath wards. The final recommendation means that housing to the north of Grange Lane will be part of Wolstanton ward.
The Commission had also previously proposed that housing at Valley View be included in Town ward and that the Higherland area should be part of Thistleberry ward. The Commission considered representations that suggested that the housing should be in Westlands ward and Higherland should be in Town ward and decided that it should modify its proposals as suggested.
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.