Local electoral arrangements for Torridge finalised by the Boundary Commission

Boundary Commission Summary

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBC) for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Torridge District Council.

The publication follows public consultation on the LGBC's draft proposals last year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Torridge.

The Commission's final recommendations propose that Torridge should be represented by 36 district councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent five three-councillor wards, ten two-councillor wards and one single-councillor ward across the district.

Councillor Jane Whittaker - Leader Torridge District Council said:

"I have to admit that we are very disappointed with the outcome of this review. A lot of hard work by Councillors and Officers went into producing our own set of proposals and suggestions, ones which had the benefit of local knowledge and experience. Our aim was to shape the final boundaries and ward sizes into something that would best serve our communities. Unfortunately, it would seem that our suggestions have been largely ignored and that the commission have gone ahead with their own version based on their own subjective view of the area."

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:

"We are extremely grateful to people across Torridge 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 Torridge."

Full details of the final recommendations are available on the Commission's website at http://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-west/devon/torridge

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 2019.

24 January 2017