LGBCE | Final recommendations for the new electoral arrangements for Devon County Council

On  26 January 2016, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England [LGBCE] published the final recommendations for future electoral arrangements in Devon County Council.

On 22 March 2016 the Devon (Electoral Changes) Order 2016 was laid in draft in Parliament.

The draft order, if made, would give effect to the final recommendations that were consulted on during the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s review of electoral arrangements in Devon and published on 26 January 2016.

The draft order will be laid in Parliament for a period of 40 sitting days. Parliament can either accept or reject our recommendations. If accepted, the new electoral arrangements will come into force at the next scheduled elections for Devon in 2017.

What this means for Exeter

For many years there has been a co-terminousity between wards for Exeter City Council and divisions for Devon County Council – 2 ECC wards would make up 1 DCC division.

With the LGBCE starting their review of DCC’s division boundaries ahead of their review of ECC’s ward boundaries [which came into force for the local elections in May 2016], there is no longer any relation between the boundaries of City  Council wards and County Council divisions.

Indeed, as pointed out by Exeter Labour Party’s submission during the consultation on the draft recommendations, there are various parts of the City where the local County Councillor will now cover parts of up to four wards on the City Council.

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Maps for the new Divisions and the comments of the LGBCE are listed below:

Alphington  & Cowick
This division lies in the south-west of the city.

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During the consultation on our draft recommendations we received three submissions regarding our proposed Alphington & St Thomas division. Based on the evidence received we have decided to re-name this division Alphington & Cowick as part of our final recommendations.

We have made one minor change to the boundary between this division and the division to the north. Under our draft recommendations the electors living on Nadder Park Road and Wheatley Close were included in our Redhills & Exwick division. Based on the evidence received we have decided to move these roads into Alphington & Cowick division as part of our final recommendations. We have also made a minor change to the eastern boundary of this division so that it follows the railway line as far as Salmonpool Bridge, presenting a clearer and more identifiable boundary.

Duryard & Pennsylvania
This division comprises the communities of Duryard and Pennsylvania and lies to the north of the city centre.

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We received nine submissions regarding our proposed Duryard & Pennsylvania division during the consultation on our draft recommendations. Based on the evidence received we are content that our proposed Duryard & Pennsylvania division provides the best balance between our statutory criteria and we therefore confirm our draft recommendations for this division as final.

Exwick & St Thomas
This division lies in the north-west of the city and includes the community of Exwick.

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During the consultation on our draft recommendations we received three submissions regarding our proposed Redhills & Exwick division. Based on the evidence received we have decided to re-name this division Exwick & St Thomas as part of our final recommendations.

We have also made one minor change to the boundary between this division and our Alphington & Cowick division to the north. Under our draft recommendations the electors living on Nadder Park Road and Wheatley Close were included in our Redhills & Exwick division. Based on the evidence received we have decided to include these roads into Alphington & Cowick division as part of our final recommendations. Subject to this boundary amendment and the change of name, we confirm our draft recommendations for this area as final.

Heavitree & Whipton Barton
This division lies in the east of Exeter and comprises the communities of Heavitree and Whipton Barton.

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During the consultation on our draft recommendations we received two submissions regarding our proposed Heavitree & Whipton Barton division. We did not receive any persuasive evidence to amend our proposals for this area and we therefore confirm our draft recommendations for Heavitree & Whipton Barton as final.

Pinhoe & Mincinglake
Pinhoe & Mincinglake division includes the community of Pinhoe, the Beacon Heath Estate and Mincinglake Valley Park.

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We received two submissions that commented on our proposals for this area during the consultation on our draft recommendations. We did not receive any persuasive evidence and we are therefore content to confirm our draft recommendations for Pinhoe & Mincinglake as final.

St David’s & Haven Banks
This division incorporates much of the city centre, including Exeter Cathedral and Exeter St David’s railway station, as well as Haven Banks on the western side of the River Exe.

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During the consultation on our draft recommendations we received six submissions regarding our proposed St David’s & Haven Banks division. We are proposing one minor amendment to this division. In the south of the division we have extended the boundary further to the south, following the railway line as far as Salmonpool Bridge. We consider that this provides a clearer and more identifiable boundary. We are content that our proposed St David’s & Haven Banks division provides a good balance between our statutory criteria and, subject to this minor amendment, we confirm our draft recommendations as final.

St Sidwells & St James
This division contains the St Sidwells and Newtown areas of the city.

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We received 10 submissions that commented on our proposals for this area during the consultation on our draft recommendations. We did not receive any well-evidenced alternative proposals for the boundaries of this division; however, six of these submissions did make alternative proposals for the name of the division. Based on the evidence received we have therefore decided to re-name this division St Sidwells & St James as part of our final recommendations.

Wearside & Topsham
This division includes the community of Topsham and the A3015 (Topsham Road) provides a central ‘spine’ that runs through the division.

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During the consultation on our draft recommendations we received two submissions regarding our proposed Wearside & Topsham division. We did not receive any persuasive alternative proposals for this area and we therefore confirm our draft recommendations for Wearside & Topsham as final.

Wonford & St Loyes.
This division includes the communities of Wonford and St Loyes and lies in the east of the city.

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We received two submissions that commented on our proposals for this area during the consultation on our draft recommendations. We did not receive any persuasive evidence regarding this area and we are therefore content to confirm our draft recommendations for Wonford & St Loyes as final.

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