Brightlingsea retains councillors in boundary shakeup

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The number of Tendring District Councillors representing Brightlingsea will remain unchanged if a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England – LGBA – is adopted.

The review recommends cutting the number of councillors in the district from 60 to 48, but Brightlingsea will retain its current three representatives. The aim of the review has been to ensure that each district councillor represents approximately the same number of voters.

According to the Commission, Brightlingsea currently has 6604 voters and estimates it will have 6667 by the time of the next local government elections in 2019.

The Commission’s final recommendations – which follow public consultation – propose that Tendring should have two three-councillor wards, twelve two-councillor wards and eighteen one-councillor wards. Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout Tendring.”

In the west of the district, the Commission has moved away from its proposal for a three-councillor Ardleigh, Alresford & Elmstead ward after local feedback. Instead, the Commission’s final recommendations propose an Alresford & Elmstead ward to be represented by two councillors alongside an Ardleigh & Little Bromley ward to be represented by one councillor.

In the Clacton and St Osyth areas, the Commission received objections to its proposal for a large St Osyth & Little Clacton ward to be represented by three councillors and has changed its proposals in favour of a Little Clacton ward to be represented by one councillor and a two-councillor St Osyth ward.

Similarly, in Clacton, the Commission has also moved away from its proposed three-councillor Pier ward in favour of a Pier ward which would elect one councillor alongside a St James ward which will elect two councillors. Again, the Commission believes these changes provide a better reflection of local community ties.

Elsewhere in Clacton, the Commission has changed its proposal for a Southcliff ward to be represented by two councillors in favour of an Eastcliff ward next to a St Paul’s ward which will elect one district councillor each.

Full details of the final recommendations, and all the changes to the draft recommendations, are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk.

  • The proposed new 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 months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2019.