Recommendations become law
The Rochford (Electoral Changes) Order 2015, to implement recommendations made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) for new boundaries in Rochford, was made on 3 November 2015 and was published on 6 November 2015. New ward arrangements for Rochford have now successfully completed a 40 day period of Parliamentary scrutiny and will come into force at the local elections in 2016.
The order for Rochford can be viewed via the Related Content section.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is carrying out an electoral review of Rochford District Council. The aim of the electoral review is to recommend ward boundaries that mean each district councillor represents approximately the same number of voters. The Commission also aims to ensure that the warding pattern reflects the interests and identities of local communities as well as promoting effective local government. In order to achieve these aims, the Commission needs to re-draw ward boundaries across the District.
The Commission has announced that it is minded to recommend that the District council should have 39 District councillors in the future, the same as at present.
Rochford District Council holds elections in three years out of every four. The Commission has a responsibility, set out in legislation, to devise a pattern of three-member wards across the whole authority. Such a ward pattern means that every elector would have the same opportunity to vote in local elections each time they are held. The Commission is able to move away from a uniform pattern of three-member wards – on a ward by ward basis - if it believes an alternative arrangement would better meet its other statutory criteria: to deliver electoral equality for voters, to reflect the interests and identities of local communities and to promote effective and convenient local government.
On 22 July 2014 the first period of consultation for a pattern of wards for Rochford District Council commences, and up until 29 September 2014 the Commission invites comments on the ward boundaries for the authority asking for information from people and groups across Rochford to help it to produce a new pattern of three-member wards to accommodate 39 district councillors.
Stage 2 public consultation on the Commission’s draft recommendations for ward patterns takes place between 9 December 2014 and 16 February 2015. Local people will be encouraged to advise what they think about the proposals.
Once the consultation on draft recommendations has concluded, the Commission will consider all the evidence before drawing up its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements and announcing these in May 2015.
On 12 May 2015 the Commission published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Rochford District Council. Details of which can be found in the Related Content section.
Following a draft order laid in both Houses of Parliament, the new electoral arrangements; Council size, ward boundaries and ward names come into effect at the Local elections 2016.
For more details and interactive maps, visit the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s website in Related Content.