Basingstoke and Deane Electoral Review
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has carried out an electoral review of Basingstoke and Deane.
The last review of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council wards was completed in October 2007. As a result of population changes, there are now significant imbalances in the number of electors per councillor in some of the borough’s electoral wards. The Commission, therefore, decided that a new review should be carried out with the aim of ensuring that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters.
Following a period of consultation from February to May 2018, and a further consultation on its draft recommendations from August to October 2018, the Commission has, on 5 March 2019, published its final recommendations for Basingstoke and Deane.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Basingstoke and Deane should be represented by 54 borough councillors in the future: six fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent eighteen three-councillor wards across the borough.
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 May 2020.
Further details of the Basingstoke and Deane electoral review are on the Commission’s website at https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/hampshire/basingstoke-and-deane