Cambridgeshire County Council set to lose eight councillors under boundary changes

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There will be eight fewer Cambridgeshire County Councillors if new proposed boundary wards are accepted by parliament.

Final recommendations published by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England propose that Cambridgeshire should be represented by 61 county councillors in the future.

The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 51 single-member electoral divisions and five two-member electoral divisions across the county.

Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Cambridgeshire who took the time and effort to send us their views. The commission considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising these recommendations.

“Across the county, 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 in Cambridgeshire.”

Full details of the final 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 before parliament in the coming months.

The draft order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the county council elections in 2017.