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Seven fewer members for East Dorset
1:00pm Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
SEVEN fewer councillors will represent people in East Dorset after the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England published its final recommendations.
Its recommendations follow a 12-week public consultation over new boundaries for each council ward.
Commission chairman Max Caller said: “We are extremely grateful to the people of East Dorset who took the time and effort to send us their views.
“Across the district, 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 East Dorset.”
In response to the views submitted during the consultation, the Commission proposes some changes to the draft recommendations it put forward in April.
In the Verwood and Crane area, it is proposed to include the Albion Way area in the Verwood West ward and not in Crane ward as previously proposed.
In response to submissions made to it during public consultation, the commission also proposes to rename Heath & Moors ward as West Moors & Holt.
The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament before coming into force at the council elections in 2015.
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