The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is carrying out an electoral review of Manchester City Council.
The aim of the electoral review is to recommend ward boundaries that mean each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters.
“We also aim to ensure that the pattern of wards reflects the interests and identities of local communities”, the Commission has said. It also said it is aiming to promote “effective local government. In order to achieve these aims, we need to re-draw boundaries across Manchester”.
The Commission’s final recommendations followed a public consultation on its draft proposals in 2016. The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the city.
They proposed that Manchester should be represented by 96 city councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 32 three-councillor wards across the city.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Manchester who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.
“We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout Manchester.”
In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has made changes to some of its proposals. For example, Piccadilly Gardens will be part of the Piccadilly ward rather than Deansgate ward as previously proposed.
In the north of the city, the Commission has also listened to local views. For instance, locals suggested Broadhurst Park should be completely contained within Moston ward rather than divided between wards as suggested in the draft recommendations.
Proposals to be implemented by Parliament
The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming months.
The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2018.
Full details of the final recommendations are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk.