Council ward change proposals unveiled

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The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements in East Lindsey District Council.

The move follows a 12-week consultation over draft boundaries, which sparked changes to the commission’s original proposals for some local wards - including the Wainfleet area.

The Commission’s final recommendations propose that East Lindsey should be represented by 55 district councillors in the future, five fewer than the current arrangements.

The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent four three-member wards, ten two-member wards and 23 single-member wards across the district.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “Across the district, we have sought to balance the views expressed to us by local people with the criteria we must apply when we are deciding on new electoral arrangements.

“As such, we believe these recommendations deliver electoral equality for voters as well as reflecting the identities of communities across East Lindsey.”

In response to the views submitted during the consultation, the commission proposes to change its draft recommendations for Louth and in the Coningsby, Stickney and Wainfleet areas.

The existing Croft ward will be retained alongside a Wainfleet ward. The Commission had previously proposed to combine several local wards in a two-member Wainfleet & Firsby ward.

The Commission has also decided that the parish of Revesby should be included in the Coningsby & Mareham ward rather than Sibsey & Stickney ward as previously proposed. It said the change was agreed in response to strong evidence supplied to the commission about community ties in that part of East Lindsey.

The commission has also altered the names of some of the wards it put forward in the draft stage.

The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament.

It is thought they will come into force in 2015.