Local electoral arrangements finalised for Dover District Council
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Dover District Council.
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Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Dover.
The boundaries of fifteen Dover’s current wards will change as a result of the review.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Dover should be represented by 32 district councillors in the future: thirteen fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent one three-councillor ward, thirteen two-councillor wards and three one-councillor wards across the district.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Dover 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 Dover.”
In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has made changes to some of the wards it put forward for consultation earlier this year. For example, the Commission’s draft proposals included the parish of Woodnesborough in the Eastry Rural ward. Local responses to the public consultation argued that the parish close community links to Sandwich. The Commission has listened to the local views and has changed its recommendations so that the parish will be part of Sandwich ward.
In the east of the district, the Commission has changed its proposals relating to Langdon Parish Council. The parish council argued that the Commission’s draft recommendations broke its close ties with neighbouring St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe parish. The Commission found evidence relating to community identities in this area to be persuasive and has changed its proposals so that both parishes are included in an enlarged Guston, Kingsdown & St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe ward.
Elsewhere in the district, the Commission has changed its draft recommendations so that the parish of River will be included in a Dover Downs ward instead of a ward with Capel-le-Ferne and Hougham Without parishes. At the same time, Alkham parish will be included in an Alkham & Capel-le-Ferne ward. The changes reflect evidence received by the Commission about local community ties and identities in this part of Dover.
Elsewhere in Dover, the Commission has made minor changes to its proposed ward boundaries to reflect local community views.
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 2019.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
- 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.
- The electoral review of Dover District Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.
- Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/11645.