Confusion over consultation on Exeter boundary changes

Express and Echo

Thursday 07 May 2015

COMMUNITY NEWS | Cowick

 

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AT noon on Monday, the public consultation on the draft recommendations for the new electoral arrangements for Devon County Council closed.

However, the public consultation on the draft recommendations on electoral arrangements for Exeter City Council continues for another month, closing on August 10.

The final recommendations from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE)for both reviews are due to be published on September 29.

Cowick councillor Paul Bull has represented the ward for the past four years and said: “The two reviews, running almost concurrently, are causing confusion, and that isn’t helped by the fact that Devon County Council’s electoral boundaries will no longer relate to Exeter’s ward boundaries; at present, a county council electoral division is made up of two complete city council wards – as we go forward, that won’t be the case. To use the technical term, they will no longer be co-terminous.

“I – but more importantly, the general public – would have thought that the building blocks for divisions of upper-tier authorities would be the ward boundaries of lower-tier councils and the review of Exeter’s boundaries should have taken place before the Devon electoral review.”

Cllr Bull has also pointed out a drafting error to LGBCE.

He said: “If you look at a street map, there seems to be a close affinity between Nadder Park Road and Wheatley Close and the apparently nearby Branscombe Close and High Meadows.

“However, the actual layout on the ground means it is impossible to cut through from one to the other – there is no direct route to get from Nadder Park Road to Branscombe Close – the journey involves travelling along Barley Lane, Barley Farm Road, Charley Avenue and High Meadows.

“In addition, the stretch of Barley Lane from Redhills to the junction with Nadder Park Road is a narrow country lane – the two main approaches to Nadder Park Road are via either Barley Lane from Dunsford Road or Barley Farm Road.

“For these reasons, I suggested moving Nadder Park Road and Wheatley Close from the proposed Redhills/Exwick division to the new Alphington/St Thomas one.

“It is worth noting that this suggested boundary line is reflected in the new St Thomas ward in the draft recommendations on the new electoral arrangements for Exeter City Council.”

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