The Boundary Commission has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for North West Leicestershire District Council.
The final recommendations propose that North West Leicestershire should be represented by 38 district councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 38 single-member wards across the district.
We continued with our objections to 38 single-member wards. However, the Boundary Commission's hands were tied because of the request from the Tory controlled District Council for a review with the explicit purpose of seeking to create a pattern of single-member wards.
We were more successful with some of the other proposals. Significant changes have been made to the draft ward boundaries in Ashby de la Zouch. These strengthen boundaries and reflect issues of access for the area of development to the west of Leicester Road.
We also suggested changes to a number of the ward names, which we felt would be better understood by the electorate. These were accepted by the Boundary Commission.
We still believe that a 38 single-member ward pattern is more costly, unnecessary and confusing for the electorate. However, the decision has been made and we will be fighting to win all 38 seats in May 2015.
Full details of the Boundary Commission's proposals are available at http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/east-midlands/leicestershire/north-west-leicestershire-fer