Parliamentary Boundary Review 2018
The UK Parliament has decided to reduce the number of constituencies, and therefore MPs, from 650 to 600. In England, the number of constituencies will reduce from 533 to 501.
The Boundary Commission for England is the independent and impartial body that is considering where the boundaries of the new constituencies should be. The Commission delivered their report to Parliament in September 2018.
In doing so, the Commission have to ensure that every new constituency has roughly the same number of electors: no fewer than 71,031 and no more than 78,507. While proposing a set of boundaries which are fairer and more equal, the Commission will also try to reflect geographic factors and local ties. The Commission will also look at the boundaries of existing constituencies and local government patterns in redrawing the map of parliamentary constituency boundaries across England.
In undertaking the 2018 Review, the Commission relied heavily on evidence from the public about their local area. Though the Commission have to work within the tight electorate thresholds outlined above, the Commission sought to recommend constituency boundaries that reflect local areas as much as they could.
When the review will take place
The review took place over approximately two and a half years, with final recommendations submitted to Parliament in September 2018. Two rounds of public consultation on the Boundary Commission's proposals were held in 2016 and 2017.
On 10 September 2018, the final recommendations were published on the Boundary Commission website. It is recommended that changes be made to the Runnymede and Weybridge constituency and the Esher and Walton constituency, further details of which are contained in the report.
The report will now be considered by Parliament. If approved, the changes will come into effect for the next General election, currently scheduled for 2022.
Where you can view the proposals for Elmbridge
You can view the proposals for the Esher and Walton constituency and the Runnymede and Weybridge constituency on their website at the Boundary Commission for England
Documents and maps have been deposited for viewing at the following locations:
Esher and Walton constituency - Esher Library, Old Church Path, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9NS
Runnymede and Weybridge constituency - Runnymede Borough Council, Runnymede Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2AH
Local government boundary review 2016
The Council made a formal application for an Electoral Review to be undertaken by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England within the Electoral Review Programme for 2014/15, in order to consider reducing the number of Members of the Council. This formal request was agreed at a Meeting of the Council on 10 April 2013.
The Boundary Commission subsequently confirmed that the Council had been formally included in its Electoral Review Programme for 2014/15.
The Electoral Review is undertaken in two stages. The first looks at the size of the Council i.e. the number of Councillors for the Borough required to deliver effective and convenient local government. Following a detailed analysis, the Council proposed a figure of 48 Councillors for the Borough, reducing the number by 12 from the current 60 Councillors. The Council also examined its electoral cycle, to decide whether to change the current arrangements (elections by-thirds) to all-out whole elections. Following a public consultation, the Council chose to retain its existing electoral arrangements.
On 3 February 2015, the Boundary Commission confirmed that it is minded to recommend 48 Councillors for the Borough of Elmbridge.
The second stage looks at the Warding Patterns for the Borough. The Boundary Commission undertook a public consultation inviting views on a Warding Pattern for Elmbridge. Having regard to the Boundary Commission's criteria, as well as the Council's decision to retain Borough Elections by thirds, the Council's response to the Boundary Commission's consultation was a Warding Pattern that had been developed on the basis of a uniform pattern of 16 three-Member Wards.
The Boundary Commission's public consultation on a Warding pattern for Elmbridge closed on 31 March 2015. The Boundary Commission has advised that it received 194 consultation responses in respect of warding patterns, including the Council's. The Boundary Commission has indicated that it will be publishing these consultation responses on its website during May 2015.
The Boundary Commission has published its draft recommendations for the future Warding pattern for Elmbridge, and an eight-week period of public consultation has commenced from 30 June and will end on 24 August 2015.
With regard to the Electoral Review for Elmbridge, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England has decided that more time is needed to consider the evidence received as a result of the public consultation on its draft recommendations. Accordingly, the Commission's publication of the final recommendations for Elmbridge will be on 5 January 2016, rather than on 1 December 2015 as previously timetabled. The Commission has advised that an Order will be laid before Parliament early in the New Year, in time for the Borough Elections in May 2016.
To see further details of the Elmbridge Electoral Review visit the Local Government Boundary Commission for England's website.
Local Government Boundary Commission for England - Final Recommendations
Following the Council's request to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England to undertake an Electoral Review for Elmbridge, the Commission has now published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Elmbridge Borough Council. The Commission's final recommendations are that Elmbridge be represented by 48 councillors in the future: twelve fewer than the current arrangement. Those councillors will represent sixteen three-member wards across the Borough, delivering electoral equality for voters across the Borough. The Commission's publication follows an eight-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each Council ward across Elmbridge. The new electoral arrangements are to be implemented at the local elections on 5 May 2016.
Further details in respect of the final recommendations can be seen on the Local Government Boundary Commission for England's website.
Polling District and Polling Places Review for Elmbridge - Public Consultation