Local Electoral Arrangements For York Finalised
8:16am 19th November 2013
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for City of York Council.
It follows a twelve-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across the city.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that York should be represented by 47 councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent ten three-member wards, six two-member wards and five single-member wards across the city.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of York who took the time and effort to send us their views. The Commission considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising these recommendations.
“Across the city, we have sought to balance the views expressed to us by local people with the criteria we must apply when we are deciding on new electoral arrangements. As such, we believe these recommendations deliver electoral equality for voters as well as reflecting the identities of communities across York.”
In response to the views submitted during the consultation, the Commission proposes to change its draft recommendations for the south eastern part of the city. As part of its draft proposals, the Commission had included the main University of York campus in a council ward with the villages of Fulford and Heslington. In response to strong evidence presented during the public consultation, the Commission has changed its recommendation so that the University becomes part the Hull Road ward with which it shares stronger community interests. The recommendation means that the villages of Fulford and Heslington will be included in a separate ward represented by one councillor.
Elsewhere in York, the Commission has confirmed its draft recommendations for new council ward boundaries as final.
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 next few months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2015.
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