Tuesday, 19 January 2016

A new timetable for the Council's boundary review

Cornwall Council has today received a letter form the Local Government Boundary Committee which has, following representations from the unitary authority, agreed to extend the deadline for the upcoming Boundary Review.

This is very good news and means that the review will now take place over a two year period and not be rushed through in the next twelve months.

It also means that the 2017 elections will be fought on the existing boundaries and a total of 123 councillors will be elected.

The revised timetable for the review may be broadly summarised as follows:

The consideration of council size (ie. the number of councillors) will take place in 2016 with the council’s preferred option submitted to the Commission by 3rd March 2017. The final decision on this will be made by the Commission in May 2017.

The consideration of divisional boundaries will be undertaken throughout 2017, with the target date for the consultation on the draft recommendations being 24th October – 19th December 2017.

The target date for the publication of the final recommendations is presently 27th March 2018, with the order down to be laid in parliament in April 2018.

The new boundaries would then be first used in the local elections planned for 2021.

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