Council changes move step closer

Civic Centre on West Paddock in Leyland
Civic Centre on West Paddock in Leyland
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Final recommendations for an overhaul of electoral arrangements for South Ribble Council have been published.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England propose that South Ribble should be represented by 50 councillors in the future: five fewer than the current arrangements.

The recommendations also propose that new boundaries are drawn up for each council ward.

A review was launched because some councillors currently represent significantly more, or fewer, than other member of the council, meaning the value of a vote varies depending on where a person lives in South Ribble.

The publication follows a 12-week public consultation.

Max Caller, chair of the Commission said: “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 the borough.”

The Commission has made changes to some of the recommendations it put forward for consultation last year.

These include changing its draft recommendations in Walton-le-Dale, Bamber Bridge, Farington and Leyland to take into account proposed housing development, and changing some recommended ward names.

The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament.

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