New ward boundaries for South Cambridgeshire
A new pattern for council wards across South Cambridgeshire has been announced by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE).
From May 2018, the number of councillors representing communities on South Cambridgeshire District Council will decrease from 57 to 45.
The new boundaries are being put into place to ensure that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. Where possible, the boundaries also reflect the interests and identities of communities across the area.
Draft proposals put forward by the Commission in May for areas around Gamlingay and The Mordens to become one ward with two councillors have been changed. Following consultation responses, the Commission concluded that two separate single councillor wards would better reflect community ties.
Cllr Alex Riley, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Member champion for the Boundary Review, said: “We are pleased to see the final boundaries published and that the Commission has taken local concerns into account. Thank you to all those residents and parish councils who have taken part in the consultation process.
“As a Council, we want to reassure residents that no changes will come into effect before May 2018, and the move to these new wards will be fully publicised and explained ahead of those elections.”
May 2018 will also see the Council move to all-out elections, with all 45 Council seats up for election at once every four years, moving away from the current arrangements of a third of seats up for election over a three year cycle.
Full details of the final ward boundary 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 2018.