Boundary changes set for 2019 council elections

January 30 2018

FINAL recommendations have been made for new electoral arrangements for South Gloucestershire Council, which involve cutting the number of councillors by nine.

FINAL recommendations have been made for new electoral arrangements for South Gloucestershire Council, which involve cutting the number of councillors by nine.

The recommendations have been published by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England after public consultation on draft proposals last year.

As well as proposing a total of 61 councillors in future, the commission has also drawn new boundaries for each council ward.  

Professor Colin Mellors, chairman of the commission, said: “We are extremely grateful to people across South Gloucestershire who took part in the review. The commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.”

He said the recommendations provided electoral fairness for voters and reflected community ties throughout the district.

In response to local feedback during consultation, the commission changed some of the recommendations it published in August 2017. 

It also took on board evidence regarding the Chipping Sodbury area after local people objected to a proposal to divide the town from its surrounding communities and establish both a Chipping Sodbury and a Sodbury Vale ward.

The commission now proposes that the whole area should be represented by a single Chipping Sodbury and Cotswold Edge ward that will be represented by two councillors and also take in Wickwar.

Meanwhile, most of Yate will be covered by Yate North and Yate Central wards, while the Dodington ward will cover Shire Way and Rodford Way, the Birds estate and the area of Yate around Abbotswood.

The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament, with a draft order providing for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the 2019 council elections.