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Don’t forget to have your say on Pendle’s new wards

Published: Tuesday, 1st October 2019

Pendle Council has put forward its response to the Local Government Boundary Commission’s proposals for new wards, ward boundaries and ward names for the borough.

And you have until Monday 7 October to have your say on the Commission’s draft recommendations.

At the full Council meeting on Thursday 26 September, councillors agreed to submit the following representations.

  • Old Laund Booth and Higham polling districts to be taken out of the proposed Brierfield West, Fence and Higham ward to create an additional single member ward to be called Fence and Higham
  • Polling district RA2 be taken out of the proposed Brierfield East and Clover Hill wards and added to the remainder of the Brierfield West ward to create a three member ward to be called Brierfield West
  • 280 electors be moved out of the proposed new Bradley ward and into the new proposed Whitefield and Walverden ward
  • 1075 electors be moved out of the proposed new Whitefield and Walverden ward and into the Brierfield East and Clover Hill ward
  • Proposals for the remaining new wards are acceptable
  • Proposed new ward names are acceptable with the exception of waterside which should be named waterside and Horsfield; West Craven East which should be renamed Coates and Earby and West Craven West which should be renamed Barnoldswick

The Council’s representation for a single member ward for Fence and Higham would mean that 34 councillors would serve the Council in future instead of the 33 proposed by the Commission. It would be 15 fewer than the current number.

Philip Mousdale, Corporate Director, said: “The aim of the electoral review is to recommend and re-draw ward boundaries that mean each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters.

“The review also aims to ensure the ward boundaries reflect the interests and identities of local communities.”

Philip added that whatever the Commission’s final recommendations, the Council will need to review its polling places and polling districts and will be inviting comments in the coming weeks.

You can view the Boundary Commission's draft recommendations for Pendle on its website - www.lgbce.org.uk 

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