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NEW ELECTORAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE DISTRICT AUTHORITIES IN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE AND SOUTH HAMS

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New electoral arrangements for the district councils in ...
New electoral arrangements for the district councils in

Northamptonshire are on the way following the signing of Orders

yesterday by local government minister Hilary Armstrong.

The Orders give effect to recommendations, made by the Local

Government Commission for England in March last year, following a

programme of periodic electoral reviews in Northamptonshire. They

abolish the existing wards in the authorities and create new wards.

They also provide for the names and areas of, as well as numbers of

councillors for, the new wards.

The Orders also make provision for whole council elections on 6th May

1999 on the basis of the new wards and provides for Daventry, which

elects by thirds, to return to its normal electoral cycle in later

years. They also provide for some parish council elections to be

rescheduled so that they continue to coincide with the district wards

in which they are placed.

Borough of Corby

Electoral Changes Order creates 13 new wards from the 12 at present.

Nine of the existing wards are modified. Six are to be represented by

three members, four by two members and three by a single member

giving a total of 29 councillors.

District of Daventry

Electoral Changes Order creates 24 new wards from the 26 at present.

Sixteen of the existing wards are modified. Four wards are to be

represented by three members, six by two members and 14 by a single

member giving a total of 38 councillors.

District of East Northamptonshire

Electoral Changes Order creates 20 new wards. Sixteen of the existing

wards are modified. Ten are to be represented by one member, four by

two members and six by a three members giving a total of 36

councillors.

Borough of Kettering

Electoral Changes Order creates 23 wards from the 22 at present.

Nineteen of the existing wards are modified. Two are to be

represented by three members, 18 by two members and three by a single

member giving a total of 45 councillors.

Borough of Northampton

Electoral Changes Order creates 23 new wards from the 21 at present.

All wards (with the exception of Boughton Green which is to have 3

councillors) are to be represented by two members giving a total of

47 councillors.

District of South Northamptonshire

Electoral Changes Order creates 31 new wards from the 32 at present.

Twenty of the existing wards are modified. Eleven are to be

represented by two members and the remainder by single member giving

a total of 42 councillors.

Borough of Wellingborough

Electoral Changes Order creates 16 new wards from the 15 at present.

Three of the existing wards are modified. Eight are to be represented

by three members, four by two members and four by a single member

giving a total of 36 councillors.

NEW ELECTORAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR SOUTH HAMS

New electoral arrangements for South Hams DC are on the way following the signing of an Order by local government minister Hilary Armstrong.

The Order gives effect to recommendations, made by the Local

Government Commission for England in November last year, following a

programme of periodic electoral reviews in South Hams. It abolishes

the existing wards in the authority and creates new wards. It also

provides for the names and areas of, as well as numbers of

councillors for, the new wards.

The whole council elections due on 6 May 1999 will introduce the new

arrangements.

District of South Hams

Electoral Changes Order creates 30 new wards from the 34 at present;

nine of the existing wards are unmodified. One ward is to be

represented by three members, eight by two members and 21 by a single

member giving a total of 40 councillors.

NOTES

The Local Government Commission for England was established under the

Local Government Act 1992. Its function under that Act, in accordance

with directions given by the secretary of state, is to conduct

reviews of local authority areas in England and to recommend such

structural, boundary, or electoral changes as seem to it desirable.

The Act also places a duty on the Local Government Commission to

undertake periodic electoral reviews of each principal area in

England without direction from the Secretary of State. It provides

that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the first such periodic

electoral review should be undertaken not less than 10 years and not

more than 15 years after the initial electoral review of the county

by the commission's predecessor.

During electoral reviews the commission makes recommendations to the

Secretary of State for any changes to the electoral arrangements

covering:

the total number of councillors to be elected to the council;

the number and boundaries of electoral areas (wards or divisions);

the number of councillors to be elected for each electoral area, and

the years in which they are to be elected; and

the name of any electoral area.

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