Date published: 12th April 2017
The proposals are for North Norfolk to be represented by 40 district councillors in future, a decrease of eight.
The final recommendations propose that North Norfolk’s 40 councillors should represent eight two-councillor wards and 24 single-councillor wards across the district, from a present total of 14 two-member and 20 single-member wards. Overall this is a decrease in ward number from 34 to 32.
Changes to the boundaries of 29 wards are also recommended, with three wards (Briston, Poppyland and The Raynhams) remaining the same.
North Norfolk District Council Corporate Director and Head of Paid Service Steve Blatch said: “We welcome these recommendations from the LGBCE. The new proposal for North Norfolk’s ward boundaries and members reflects the way our district has changed over the years and will ensure equality of representation for voters, as well as the increased ability to reflect ward issues and identities, and ensure fair workloads for our councillors.”
The report was released this week after the Commission reviewed information gathered via a district-wide consultation that ran from 6 December 2016 through to Monday 30 January 2017. The review was carried out to ensure wards in North Norfolk are in the best possible places to help the Council carry out its responsibilities effectively and to ensure the number of voters represented by each councillor is approximately the same across the district.
A spokesperson for the LGBCE said: “We are extremely grateful to the people of North Norfolk who took the time and effort to send us their views. The Commission considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising these recommendations.”
Any changes recommended by the LGBCE are subject to approval by Parliament and would come into effect at the next district council election in May 2019.
The recommendations cannot affect the external boundaries of the district or result in changes to postcodes.
The LGBCE is a national body; it undertakes periodic reviews of local government ward boundaries. The current review is based on population growth and significant variance in electoral equality across different parts of our district.
Last updated: 28th March 2018