New ward boundaries for West Suffolk Council published by Local Government Boundary Commission
The new West Suffolk Council's ward boundaries have been published by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
The Commission's final recommendations propose that the 64 councillors which will make up West Suffolk Council, which will be formed of a merger between St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils, will be spread across two three-councillor wards, 17 two-councillor wards and 24 one-councillor wards.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are grateful to people across West Suffolk who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.
“We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout West Suffolk.”
In response to local feedback during the public consultation, the Commission has changed some of the proposals it put forward in July.
Towards the south of the new council area, the parish of Rede will now be included in the Chedburgh & Chevington ward rather than Cavendish ward, after the Commission noted local views that described the close community ties between the parishes of Chedburgh, Depden and Rede.
The parishes of Clare and the parishes of Stoke by Clare and Wixoe, which had been included in separate wards under the draft proposals, have also been redrawn so as part of a Clare, Hundon & Kedington ward alongside other parishes.
Elsewhere in West Suffolk, and in response to local feedback, the Commission has made minor changes to its proposals in Mildenhall, Newmarket and Haverhill. It has also changed the name of some of its proposed wards as a result of local suggestions.
The proposed 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 weeks.
The new arrangements will then come into effect at the council’s first elections next year.