Hopes of Savings with Plans for Fewer Councillors in Selby District
5:36pm 14th January 2014
Selby District Council has welcomed the Boundary Commission's announcement of new electoral arrangements for the district.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England published its final recommendations today for new boundaries for each council ward across the district.
The announcement follows a twelve-week public consultation on the draft proposals and reflects the changing needs of the district's electorate.
The Commission's final recommendations propose that Selby should be represented by 31 councillors in the future, ten fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent eleven single-member, four two-member and four three-member wards across the district.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane, commented, "The new arrangements will help us provide better value for money for taxpayers' in the district and reflect the changing needs of Selby's electorate.
"This is a positive announcement for the district and, subject to the arrangements being implemented by Parliament, will be in place in time for the Council elections in 2015."
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, "We are extremely grateful to the people of Selby 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 district, 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 Selby."
In response to the views submitted during the consultation, the Commission proposes one change to the draft recommendations it put forward in June 2013.
In its final recommendations, and in response to views submitted during consultation, the Commission proposes to include the parish of Healuagh in Appleton Roebuck & Church Fenton ward and not Tadcaster ward as previously suggested.
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 2015.
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