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Draft proposals for future electoral arrangements in the Vale published

 

The Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales (LDBC) has published its draft proposals for the future electoral arrangements for the Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council.

The commission, which has a duty to review all of Wales' 22 Principal Councils every ten years, is completing the work in time for new arrangements to be put in place for the 2022 local government elections.

Major changes proposed in the draft include an increase in the current number of Councillors in the Vale of Glamorgan, from 47 to 53 over 23 electoral wards. Each Councillor would represent an average of 1,809 electors.

The proposals suggest that the Plymouth Ward, within Penarth is the largest under-represented, in terms of electoral variance, with Rhoose at present the greatest under-representation.

Across the county the commission is proposing 19 multi-member wards in the county, consisting of: ten two-member electoral wards; seven three-member electoral wards; and, two four-member electoral wards.

During its work, the commission received a total of 18 representations from the Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council, one MP, eight community and town councils, two Councillors, three interest groups and three residents.

Proposed variance in electoral representation from the proposed County Average.

The LDBC has made available a Map of Draft Proposals Variance from Proposed Council Size via Google Maps.

The summary of draft proposals also suggests:

  • The Commission proposes a change to the arrangement of electoral wards that will achieve a significant improvement in the level of electoral parity across the County Borough of the Vale of Glamorgan.
  • The Commission proposes 23 electoral wards.
  • The largest under-representation (in terms of electoral variance) within the proposals is Plymouth (23% above the proposed county average). At present the greatest underrepresentation is in Rhoose (50% above the proposed county average).
  • The largest over-representation (in terms of electoral variance) within the proposals is St Athan (26% below the proposed county average). At present the greatest overrepresentation is in Llandough (27% below the proposed county average).
  • The Commission is proposing 19 multi-member wards in the county consisting of: ten twomember electoral wards; seven three-member electoral wards; and, two four-member electoral wards.
  • The has proposed to retain ten electoral wards.
  • The Commission proposes to have one electoral ward (Cornerswell and Llandough) within the county which combines a part of a warded community, along with its neighbouring community.

The commission has now launched a 12-week consultation period commencing on the 20th February and closing on 13th May 2020.

A full draft report is available online, as well as the consultation portal, representations during this period can be sent to: consultations@boundaries.wales 

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