Statutory Instruments

2004 No. 2815


The County of Kent (Electoral Changes) Order 2004


28th October 2004

Coming into force in accordance with article 1(2)

Whereas the Boundary Committee for England(1), acting pursuant to section 15(4) of the Local Government Act 1992(2), has submitted to the Electoral Commission(3) recommendations dated April 2004 on its review of the county of Kent:

And whereas the Electoral Commission have decided to give effect, with modifications, to those recommendations:

And whereas a period of not less than six weeks has expired since the receipt of those recommendations:

Now, therefore, the Electoral Commission, in exercise of the powers conferred on them by sections 17(4) and 26(5) of the Local Government Act 1992, and of all other powers enabling them in that behalf, hereby make the following Order:

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the County of Kent (Electoral Changes) Order 2004.

(2) This Order shall come into force –

(a)for the purpose of proceedings preliminary or relating to any election to be held on the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2005, on the day after that on which it is made;

(b)for all other purposes, on the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2005.


2.  In this Order –

“county” means the county of Kent;

“existing”, in relation to an electoral division or ward, means the electoral division or ward as it exists on the date this Order is made;

references to wards, unless the context otherwise requires, are references to district, borough and city wards in the county(6); and

any reference to the map is a reference to the map marked “Map referred to in the County of Kent (Electoral Changes) Order 2004”, of which prints are available for inspection at –


the principal office of the Electoral Commission; and


the offices of Kent County Council.

Electoral divisions of the county of Kent

3.—(1) The existing electoral divisions of the county(7) shall be abolished.

(2) The county shall be divided into seventy-two electoral divisions which shall bear the names set out in column (1) of the Schedule.

(3) The electoral divisions shall comprise the areas described in column (2) of the Schedule by reference to wards, parishes, or parish wards or, where an area is not so described, the area designated on the map by reference to the name of the electoral division and demarcated by red lines; and the number of councillors to be elected for each electoral division shall be the number specified in respect of the electoral division in column (3) of the Schedule.

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


4.  Kent County Council shall make a print of the map marked “Map referred to in the County of Kent (Electoral Changes) Order 2004” available for inspection at its offices by any member of the public at any reasonable time.

Electoral registers

5.  The Electoral Registration Officer(8) for each district, borough or city in the county shall make such rearrangement of, or adaptation of, the register of local government electors as may be necessary for the purposes of, and in consequence of, this Order.


6.  The County of Kent (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1981(9) is revoked, save for article 4.

Sealed with the seal of the Electoral Commission on the 28th day of October 2004


Sam Younger

Chairman of the Commission

28th October 2004

Jacqui Dixon

Secretary to the Commission

28th October 2004

article 3


Column (1)Column (2)Column (3)
Name of Electoral DivisionArea of Electoral DivisionNumber of Councillors
In the borough of Ashford
Ashford CentralBockhanger ward; Bybrook ward; Godinton ward; Stour ward1
Ashford EastAylesford Green ward; Highfield ward; Norman ward; North Willesborough ward; South Willesborough ward1
Ashford Rural EastDowns North ward; Kennington ward; Little Burton Farm ward; Wye ward; Aldington parish; Bonnington parish; Brabourne parish; Brook parish; Hastingleigh parish; Mersham parish; Smeeth parish; Sevington South parish ward of Sevington parish1
Ashford Rural SouthPark Farm North ward; Park Farm South ward; Washford ward; Weald South ward; Bilsington parish; Ruckinge parish; Kingsnorth Village parish ward of Kingsnorth parish1
Ashford Rural WestBoughton Aluph and Eastwell ward; Charing ward; Downs West ward; Great Chart with Singleton North ward; Weald Central ward; Weald North ward1
Ashford SouthBeaver ward; Singleton South ward; Stanhope ward; Victoria ward1
TenterdenBiddenden ward; Isle of Oxney ward; Rolvenden and Tenterden West ward; St Michaels ward; Tenterden North ward; Tenterden South ward1
In the city of Canterbury
Canterbury City North EastNorthgate ward; St Stephens ward1
Canterbury City South WestWestgate ward; Wincheap ward1
Canterbury South EastBarham Downs ward; Barton ward; Little Stour ward; North Nailbourne ward1
Canterbury WestBlean Forest ward; Chartham and Stone Street ward; Harbledown ward1
Herne and SturryHerne and Broomfield ward; Marshside ward; Sturry North ward; Sturry South ward1
Herne BayGreenhill and Eddington ward; Heron ward; Reculver ward; West Bay ward2
WhitstableChestfield and Swalecliffe ward; Gorrell ward; Harbour ward; Seasalter ward; Tankerton ward2
In the borough of Dartford
Dartford EastBrent ward; Stone ward1
Dartford North EastJoyce Green ward; Littlebrook ward; Newtown ward1
Dartford RuralBean and Darenth ward; Longfield, New Barn and Southfleet ward; Sutton-at-Hone and Hawley ward1
Dartford WestHeath ward; Town ward; West Hill ward1
Swanscombe and GreenhitheCastle ward; Greenhithe ward; Swanscombe ward1
WilmingtonJoydens Wood ward; Princes ward; Wilmington ward1
In the district of Dover
DealMill Hill ward; North Deal ward; Walmer ward; Middle Deal parish ward of Deal parish2
Dover NorthAylesham ward; Ringwould ward; St Margaret's-at-Cliffe ward; Eythorne parish; Great Mongeham parish; Northbourne parish; Sutton and Tilmanstone parish1
Dover TownBuckland ward; Castle ward; Maxton, Elms Vale and Priory ward; St Radigunds ward; Tower Hamlets ward; Town and Pier ward2
Dover WestCapel-le-Ferne ward; Lydden and Temple Ewell ward; River ward; Whitfield ward; Denton with Wootton parish; Shepherdswell with Coldred parish1
SandwichLittle Stour and Ashstone ward; Sandwich ward; Eastry parish; Sholden parish1
In the borough of Gravesham
Gravesham EastCentral ward; Chalk ward; Riverside ward; Riverview ward; Singlewell ward; Westcourt ward; Whitehill ward2
Gravesham RuralHigham ward; Istead Rise ward; Meopham North ward; Meopham South and Vigo ward; Shorne, Cobham and Luddesdown ward1
Northfleet and Gravesend WestColdharbour ward; Northfleet North ward; Northfleet South ward; Painters Ash ward; Pelham ward; Woodlands ward2
In the borough of Maidstone
Maidstone CentralAllington ward; Bridge ward; Fant ward; Heath ward; High Street ward2
Maidstone North EastEast ward; North ward1
Maidstone Rural EastHarrietsham and Lenham ward; Headcorn ward; North Downs ward; Broomfield and Kingswood parish; Detling parish; Thurnham parish1
Maidstone Rural North1
Maidstone Rural SouthBoughton Monchelsea and Chart Sutton ward; Loose ward; Staplehurst ward; Sutton Valence and Langley ward1
Maidstone Rural WestBarming ward; Coxheath and Hunton ward; Marden and Yalding ward1
Maidstone SouthShepway North ward; South ward1
Maidstone South EastDownswood and Otham ward; Park Wood ward; Shepway South ward; Leeds parish1
In the district of Sevenoaks
Darent ValleyCrockenhill and Well Hill ward; Eynsford ward; Farningham, Horton Kirby and South Darenth ward; Swanley Christchurch and Swanley Village ward; Badgers Mount and Shoreham parish wards of Shoreham parish1
Sevenoaks CentralSevenoaks Eastern ward; Sevenoaks Kippington ward; Sevenoaks Town and St John’s ward; Riverhead parish1
Sevenoaks EastKemsing ward; Seal and Weald ward; Sevenoaks Northern ward; Otford parish1
Sevenoaks North EastAsh ward; Fawkham and West Kingsdown ward; Hartley and Hodsoll Street ward1
Sevenoaks SouthCowden and Hever ward; Edenbridge North and East ward; Edenbridge South and West ward; Leigh and Chiddingstone Causeway ward; Penshurst, Fordcombe and Chiddingstone ward1
Sevenoaks WestBrasted, Chevening and Sundridge ward; Westerham and Crockham Hill ward; Dunton Green parish; Halstead parish; Knockholt parish1
SwanleyHextable ward; Swanley St Mary’s ward; Swanley White Oak ward1
In the district of Shepway
Elham ValleyElham and Stelling Minnis ward; Lympne and Stanford ward; North Downs East ward; North Downs West ward; Tolsford ward1
Folkestone North EastFolkestone East ward; Folkestone Foord ward; Folkestone Park ward1
Folkestone SouthFolkestone Harbour ward; Folkestone Harvey Central ward; Folkestone Harvey West ward1
Folkestone WestFolkestone Cheriton ward; Folkestone Morehall ward; Folkestone Sandgate ward1
HytheHythe Central ward; Hythe East ward; Hythe West ward1
Romney MarshDymchurch and St Mary’s Bay ward; Lydd ward; New Romney Coast ward; New Romney Town ward; Romney Marsh ward1
In the borough of Swale
FavershamAbbey ward; Davington Priory ward; St Ann’s ward; Watling ward1
SheernessQueenborough and Halfway ward; Sheerness East ward; Sheerness West ward1
SheppeyLeysdown and Warden ward; Minster Cliffs ward; Sheppey Central ward1
Swale CentralChalkwell ward; Iwade and Lower Halstow ward; Kemsley ward; Milton Regis ward; Roman ward; St Michaels ward; Woodstock ward2
Swale EastBoughton and Courtenay ward; East Downs ward; Murston ward; Teynham and Lynsted ward1
Swale WestBorden ward; Grove ward; Hartlip, Newington and Upchurch ward; West Downs ward1
In the district of Thanet
Birchington and VillagesBirchington North ward; Birchington South ward; Thanet Villages ward1
Broadstairs and Sir Moses MontefioreBeacon Road ward; Bradstowe ward; Kingsgate ward; St Peters ward; Sir Moses Montefiore ward; Viking ward2
Margate and CliftonvilleCliftonville East ward; Cliftonville West ward; Dane Valley ward; Margate Central ward; Salmestone ward2
Margate WestGarlinge ward; Westbrook ward; Westgate-on-Sea ward1
RamsgateCentral Harbour ward; Cliffsend and Pegwell ward; Eastcliff ward; Nethercourt ward; Newington ward; Northwood ward2
In the borough of Tonbridge and Malling
Malling CentralEast Malling ward; Larkfield North ward; Larkfield South ward; West Malling parish1
Malling NorthDowns ward; Snodland East ward; Snodland West ward; Leybourne parish1
Malling Rural EastEast Peckham and Golden Green ward; Hadlow, Mereworth and West Peckham ward; Kings Hill ward; Wateringbury ward1
Malling Rural North EastAylesford ward; Blue Bell Hill and Walderslade ward; Burham, Eccles and Wouldham ward; Ditton ward1
Malling WestBorough Green and Long Mill ward; Hildenborough ward; Ightham ward; Wrotham ward1
TonbridgeCage Green ward; Castle ward; Higham ward; Judd ward; Medway ward; Trench ward; Vauxhall ward2
In the borough of Tunbridge Wells
CranbrookBenenden and Cranbrook ward; Frittenden and Sissinghurst ward; Hawkhurst and Sandhurst ward1
Tunbridge Wells EastPembury ward; St James' ward; Sherwood ward1
Tunbridge Wells NorthSt John’s ward; Southborough and High Brooms ward; Southborough North ward1
Tunbridge Wells RuralBrenchley and Horsmonden ward; Capel ward; Goudhurst and Lamberhurst ward; Paddock Wood East ward; Paddock Wood West ward1
Tunbridge Wells SouthBroadwater ward; Pantiles and St Mark’s ward; Park ward1
Tunbridge Wells WestCulverden ward; Rusthall ward; Speldhurst and Bidborough ward1

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order gives effect, with modifications, to recommendations by the Boundary Committee for England, a committee of the Electoral Commission, for electoral changes in the county of Kent.

The modifications concern the names of Broadstairs and Sir Moses Montefiore, Northfleet and Gravesend West, and Tunbridge Wells Rural electoral divisions.

The changes have effect in relation to local government elections to be held on and after the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2005.

Article 3 abolishes the existing electoral divisions of the county and provides for the creation of 72 new electoral divisions. That article and the Schedule also make provision for the names and areas of, and numbers of councillors for, the new electoral divisions.

Article 5 obliges the Electoral Registration Officer in each district, borough or city in the county of Kent to make any necessary amendments to the electoral register for that district, borough or city to reflect the new electoral arrangements.

Article 6 revokes the County of Kent (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1981, with the exception of article 4.

The areas of the new electoral divisions are demarcated on the map described in article 2. Prints of the map may be inspected at all reasonable times at the offices of Kent County Council and at the principal office of the Electoral Commission at Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.


The Boundary Committee for England is a committee of the Electoral Commission, established by the Electoral Commission in accordance with section 14 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (c. 41). The Local Government Commission for England (Transfer of Functions) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3962) transferred to the Electoral Commission the functions of the Local Government Commission for England.


1992 c. 19. This section has been amended by S.I. 2001/3962.


The Electoral Commission was established by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (c. 41). The functions of the Secretary of State, under sections 13 to 15 and 17 of the Local Government Act 1992 (c. 19), to the extent that they relate to electoral changes within the meaning of that Act, were transferred with modifications to the Electoral Commission on 1st April 2002 (S.I. 2001/3962).


This section has been amended by section 89(3) of the Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22), S.I. 2001/3962 and also otherwise in ways not relevant to this Order.


This section has been amended by S.I. 2001/3962.


See the Borough of Ashford (Electoral Changes) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3563), the City of Canterbury (Electoral Changes) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3564), the Borough of Dartford (Electoral Changes) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3560), the District of Dover (Electoral Changes) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3588), the Borough of Gravesham (Electoral Changes) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3587), the Borough of Maidstone (Electoral Changes) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3586), the District of Sevenoaks (Electoral Changes) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3557), the District of Shepway (Electoral Changes) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3558), the Borough of Swale (Electoral Changes) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3555), the District of Thanet (Electoral Changes) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3556), the Tonbridge and Malling (Electoral Changes) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3615) and the Borough of Tunbridge Wells (Electoral Changes) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3559).


See the County of Kent (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1981 (S.I. 1981/85). The area of the county of Kent was altered by the Greater London and Kent (County Boundaries) Order 1992 (S.I. 1992/2090), the East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent (County Boundaries) Order 1992 (S.I. 1992/2096), the Greater London, Kent and Surrey (County Boundaries) Order 1993 (S.I. 1993/400), the Kent and East Sussex (County Boundaries) Order 1993 (S.I. 1993/1742), and the Kent (Borough of Gillingham and City of Rochester upon Medway) (Structural Change) Order 1996 (S.I. 1996/1876).


As to electoral registration officers and the register of local government electors, see sections 8 to 13 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (c. 2).


S.I. 1981/85.