Boundary changes in South Ribble

South Ribble Council Civic Centre, Leyland
South Ribble Council Civic Centre, Leyland

Final recommendations for new electoral arrangements at South Ribble Council have now been published.

The report, from the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England, follows a public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across the borough, to represent electoral equality in preparation for next year’s election.

Following responses from the public, three proposed name changes for wards in Leyland have been altered, and the existing names will continue to be used.

The draft recommendations had suggested that Leyland Central, St Ambrose and Seven Stars should instead be known as Bannister Brook, Turpin Green and Wade Hall.

But the final decision has been made to keep the existing names.

The Commission has also agreed to change its draft boundaries in Leyland, Farington, Walton-le-Dale and Bamber Bridge to take into account proposed housing developments, in its aim to improve electoral equality for voters.

Max Caller, chair of the Commission, said: “We are extremely grateful to the people of South Ribble who took the time and effort to send us their views.

“The Commission considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising these recommendations.

“We have sought to balance the views expressed to us by local people with the criteria we must apply when we are deciding on new electoral arrangements.

“As such, we believe these recommendations deliver electoral equality for voters as well as reflecting the identities of communities across the borough.”

The Commission’s final recommendations propose that South Ribble should be represented by 50 councillors in the future: five fewer than the current arrangements.

The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent four three-member wards and 19 two-member wards across the borough.

The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament, to provide for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in May 2015.