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The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Eastleigh Borough Council.
The publication follows an eight-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Eastleigh. The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Eastleigh should be represented by 39 councillors in the future: five fewer than the current arrangement.
The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent eleven three-member wards and three two-member wards across the borough.
Deputy Leader of the Council Cllr Anne Winstanley said, “I am pleased by the recommendations outlined in the report. They are in line with what the Council had proposed to the Commission. Our guidance was that we had to get close to reasonably equal numbers of electorates in each ward and the best way to achieve this was to have as many wards with three Councillors as possible."
In response to representations made to the Commission during consultation, the Commission has changed its recommendations in the south of the borough. The Commission was persuaded by evidence presented to it that the Ingleside estate shared closer community ties with Netley Abbey than with Bursledon and Hound. The Commission’s final recommendations therefore propose that the estate should be part of the Hamble & Netley ward rather than Bursledon & Hound North ward.
Full details of the final recommendations are available on the Commission’s website
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.