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Local electoral arrangements finalised for Wiltshire

1st October 2019

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Wiltshire Council.

 

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2019

 

Today’s publication follows three rounds of public consultation and draws new boundaries for each electoral division across Wiltshire.

 

Most of the existing council divisions in Wiltshire will change as a result of the review.

 

The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Wiltshire should be represented by 98 councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 98 one-councillor divisions.

 

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Wiltshire 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 Wiltshire.”

 

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 2021.

 

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For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email: press@lgbce.org.uk

 

Notes to editors:

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-west/wiltshire/wiltshire-unitary-authority-ua.

Or: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/14518