Boundary commission to carry out electoral review in Huntingdonshire

Pathfinder House, Huntingdonshire District Council.

Pathfinder House, Huntingdonshire District Council. - Credit: Archant

Huntingdonshire District Council has welcomed a planned electoral review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.

The review has been prompted by electoral data from 2013, indicating that some of the council’s 52 electoral divisions, there was more than a 10 per cent difference (plus or minus) in the number of electors compared to the average for the county.

St Neots Priory Park ward was highlighted at the meeting on Wednesday (July 29) as having 35% more electors than average for Huntingdonshire.

Lead commissioner for the LGBCE professor Colin Mellors said: “Last time we did a review was 14 years ago, we are not here to decide on what the size of a community should be – what we need to do is design a local authority that would be fit for purpose for years.”

In the previous review carried out by the commission in 2001 five wards were scrapped The Stukeleys which was combined with Alconbury and Kimboloton to create Kimbolton and Staughton.

Throughout the process the commission will also work with residents and representatives, including parish and town council’s throughout Huntingdonshire.

Executive leader Jason Ablewhite said: “This is a council that will work with you, we are close with the commission and will be open with you.

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“We are now going to have to do an awful lot of work over the coming months and a lot of cooperation between the parties.”

However concerns were raised about the possibility that election by thirds could be transformed into for all out elections.

UKIP Councillor for Ramsey David Reeve said: “I don’t think that this is a clear position for the council.”

Councillors and members of the public will be given the chance to have their say on the consultation on the LGBCE’s website from the 27th October.

The outcome of the review will be announced in August 2016 to come into force for elections in 2018.