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The Ashford (Electoral Changes) Order 2017

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2017 No. 0000

Local Government, England

The Ashford (Electoral Changes) Order 2017

Made

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Coming into force in accordance with article 1(2) and (3)

Under section 58(4) of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009(1) (“the Act”), the Local Government Boundary Commission for England(2) (“the Commission”) published a report dated June 2017 stating its recommendations for changes to the electoral arrangements for the borough of Ashford. The Commission has decided to give effect to those recommendations.

A draft of the instrument has been laid before each House of Parliament, a period of forty days has expired since the day on which it was laid and neither House has resolved that the instrument be not made.

The Commission makes the following Order in exercise of the power conferred by section 59(1) of the Act.

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Ashford (Electoral Changes) Order 2017.

(2) This article and article 2 come into force on the day after the day on which this Order is made.

(3) Articles 3 and 4 come into force—

(a)for the purpose of proceedings preliminary, or relating, to the election of councillors, on the day after the day on which this Order is made;

(b)for all other purposes, on the ordinary day of election of councillors(3) in 2019.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In this Order “the map” means the map marked “Map referred to in the Ashford (Electoral Changes) Order 2017”, held by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England(4).

(2) Where a boundary is shown on the map as running along a road, railway line, footway, watercourse or similar geographical feature, it is to be treated as running along the centre line of the feature.

Wards of the borough of Ashford and number of councillors

3.—(1) The existing wards of the borough of Ashford are abolished.

(2) The borough of Ashford is divided into 39 wards as listed in the first column of the table in Schedule 1.

(3) Each ward comprises the area identified on the map by reference to the name of the ward.

(4) The number of councillors to be elected for each ward is the number specified in relation to that ward in the second column of the table in Schedule 1.

Wards of parishes

4.—(1) The existing wards of the following parishes are abolished—

(a)Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Grouped Parish Council;

(b)Charing;

(c)Great Chart with Singleton;

(d)High Halden;

(e)Kingsnorth;

(f)Mersham & Sevington Grouped Parish Council;

(g)Stanhope; and

(h)Tenterden.

(2) Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Grouped Parish Council is divided into the three parish wards listed in the first column of table 1 in Schedule 2.

(3) The parish of Charing is divided into the two parish wards listed in the first column of table 2 in Schedule 2.

(4) The parish of Great Chart with Singleton is divided into the five parish wards listed in the first column of table 3 in Schedule 2.

(5) The parish of High Halden is divided into the two parish wards listed in the first column of table 4 in Schedule 2,

(6) The parish of Kingsnorth is divided into the six parish wards listed in the first column of table 5 in Schedule 2.

(7) Mersham & Sevington Grouped Parish Council is divided into the three parish wards listed in the first column of table 6 in Schedule 2.

(8) The parish of Stanhope is divided into the three parish wards listed in the first column of table 7 in Schedule 2.

(9) The parish of Tenterden is divided into the four parish wards listed in the first column of table 8 in Schedule 2.

(10) Each parish ward comprises the area identified on the map by reference to the name of the parish ward.

(11) The number of councillors to be elected for each parish ward is the number specified in relation to that ward in the second column of the relevant table in Schedule 2.

Sealed with the seal of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Name

Chief Executive

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Date

Article 3

SCHEDULE 1Names of wards and number of councillors

(1)

Name of borough ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Aylesford & East Stour2
Beaver2
Biddenden1
Bircholt1
Bockhanger1
Bybrook1
Charing1
Conningbrook & Little Burton Farm1
Downs North1
Downs West1
Furley2
Goat Lees1
Godinton1
Highfield1
Isle of Oxney1
Kennington1
Kingsnorth Village & Bridgefield1
Mersham, Sevington South with Finberry1
Norman1
Park Farm North1
Park Farm South1
Repton2
Rolvenden & Tenterden West1
Roman1
Saxon Shore1
Singleton East1
Singleton West1
Stanhope1
Tenterden North1
Tenterden South1
Tenterden St Michael’s1
Upper Weald1
Victoria2
Washford1
Weald Central2
Weald North1
Weald South2
Willesborough2
Wye with Hinxhill1

Article 4

SCHEDULE 2Names of parish wards and number of councillors

Table 1

Wards of the Grouped Parish Council of Boughton Aluph & Eastwell

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Boughton Aluph1
Eastwell1
Goat Lees6

Table 2

Wards of the parish of Charing

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Charing Heath2
Charing Hill10

Table 3

Wards of the parish of Great Chart with Singleton

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Chilmington Green1
Great Chart with Singleton North1
Singleton East4
Washford1
Singleton West4

Table 4

Wards of the parish of High Halden

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

High Halden7
Woodlands1

Table 5

Wards of the parish of Kingsnorth

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Bridgefield1
Kingsnorth Village2
Park Farm North2
Park Farm South2
Roman2
Washford Farm1

Table 6

Wards of the Grouped Parish Council of Mersham & Sevington

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Highfield1
Mersham3
Sevington6

Table 7

Wards of the parish of Stanhope

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Central7
Speldhurst Close1
The Limes1

Table 8

Wards of the parish of Tenterden

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Rolvenden & Tenterden West2
Tenterden North5
Tenterden South4
Tenterden St Michael’s5

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order makes changes to electoral arrangements for the borough of Ashford following recommendations made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. The area of the borough remains unchanged. The changes made by this Order apply in respect of local government elections held on and after the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2019.

Article 3 abolishes the existing electoral wards of the borough of Ashford and replaces them with 39 new ones. It establishes the names and areas of the new electoral wards and the number of councillors for each.

Article 4 makes changes to parish wards which are consequential to the changes made by article 3.

The area covered by each ward created by this Order is identified on a map which is available for inspection at reasonable times at the offices of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th floor, Millbank Tower, London SW1P 4QP. The map may also be accessed at https://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/kent/ashford

An impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as no impact on the private or voluntary sectors is foreseen.

(2)

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England was established on 1st April 2010 by section 55(1) of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009.

(3)

The ordinary day of election of councillors in England and Wales is prescribed by section 37(1) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (c.2) as amended by section 18(2) of the Representation of the People Act 1985 (c.50).

(4)

Prints of the map are available for inspection at reasonable times at the principal office of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th floor, Millbank Tower, London SW1P 4QP. It is also accessible online at https://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/kent/ashford

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