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Statutory Instruments

2005 No. 167

LOCAL GOVERNMENT, ENGLAND

The County of Cambridgeshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2005

Made

1st February 2005

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 September 2004 on its review of the county of Cambridgeshire:

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 Cambridgeshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2005.

(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.

Interpretation

2.  In this Order –

“county” means the county of Cambridgeshire;

“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 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 Cambridgeshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2005”, of which prints are available for inspection at –

(a)

the principal office of the Electoral Commission; and

(b)

the offices of Cambridgeshire County Council.

Electoral divisions of the county of Cambridgeshire

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

(2) The county shall be divided into sixty 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.

Maps

4.  Cambridgeshire County Council shall make a print of the map marked “Map referred to in the County of Cambridgeshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2005” 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 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.

Revocation

6.  The County of Cambridgeshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1984(9) is revoked, save for article 5.

Sealed with the seal of the Electoral Commission on the 1st day of February 2005

L.S.

Sam Younger

Chairman of the Commission

1st February 2005

Peter Wardle

Chief Executive to the Commission

1st February 2005

article 3

SCHEDULENAMES AND AREAS OF ELECTORAL DIVISIONS AND NUMBERS OF COUNCILLORS

Column (1)Column (2)Column (3)
Name of Electoral DivisionArea of Electoral DivisionNumber of Councillors
In the city of Cambridge
AbbeyAbbey ward1
ArburyArbury ward1
CastleCastle ward1
Cherry HintonCherry Hinton ward1
ColeridgeColeridge ward1
East ChestertonEast Chesterton ward1
King’s HedgesKing’s Hedges ward1
MarketMarket ward1
NewnhamNewnham ward1
PetersfieldPetersfield ward1
Queen Edith'sQueen Edith’s ward1
RomseyRomsey ward1
TrumpingtonTrumpington ward1
West ChestertonWest Chesterton ward1
In the district of East Cambridgeshire
BurwellBurwell ward; The Swaffhams ward1
Ely North and EastEly East ward; Ely North ward1
Ely South and WestEly South ward; Ely West ward1
HaddenhamHaddenham ward; Stretham ward1
LittleportLittleport East ward; Littleport West ward1
Soham and Fordham VillagesFordham Villages ward; Isleham ward; Soham North ward; Soham South ward2
SuttonDownham Villages ward; Sutton ward1
WooddittonBottisham ward; Cheveley ward; Dullingham Villages ward1
In the district of Fenland
ChatterisBirch ward; The Mills ward; Wenneye ward1
Forty FootDoddington ward; Manea ward; Slade Lode ward; Wimblington ward1
March EastMarch East ward; Christchurch parish1
March NorthMarch North ward1
March WestMarch West ward; Benwick parish1
Roman Bank and PeckoverPeckover ward; Roman Bank ward1
WalderseyParson Drove and Wisbech St Mary ward; Elm parish1
Whittlesey NorthBassenhally ward; Delph ward; Kingsmoor ward; St Andrews ward1
Whittlesey SouthLattersey ward; St Marys ward; Whittlesey South parish ward of Whittlesey parish1
Wisbech NorthClarkson ward; Kirkgate ward; Waterlees ward1
Wisbech SouthHill ward; Medworth ward; Staithe ward1
In the district of Huntingdonshire
Brampton and KimboltonBrampton ward; Kimbolton and Staughton ward1
Buckden, Gransden and The OffordsBuckden ward; Gransden and The Offords ward1
GodmanchesterGodmanchester ward; Huntingdon East ward2
HuntingdonAlconbury and The Stukeleys ward; Huntingdon North ward; Huntingdon West ward2
Little Paxton and St Neots NorthLittle Paxton ward; St Neots Eaton Ford ward; St Neots Priory Park ward2
Norman CrossElton and Folksworth ward; Stilton ward; Yaxley and Farcet ward2
RamseyRamsey ward1
St IvesSt Ives East ward; St Ives South ward; St Ives West ward; Holywell-cum-Needingworth parish2
St Neots Eaton SoconSt Neots Eaton Socon ward; St Neots Eynesbury ward2
Sawtry and EllingtonEllington ward; Sawtry ward1
Somersham and EarithSomersham ward; Bluntisham parish; Earith parish1
The Hemingfords and FenstantonFenstanton ward; The Hemingfords ward1
Warboys and UpwoodUpwood and The Raveleys ward; Warboys and Bury ward1
In the district of South Cambridgeshire
Bar HillBar Hill ward; Girton ward1
BassingbournBassingbourn ward; The Mordens ward1
Bourn1
Cottenham, Histon and ImpingtonCottenham ward; Histon and Impington ward2
DuxfordDuxford ward; The Abingtons ward; Whittlesford ward; Fowlmere parish1
FulbournFulbourn ward; Teversham ward; The Wilbrahams ward1
GamlingayGamlingay ward; Haslingfield and The Eversdens ward; Orwell and Barrington ward1
HardwickBarton ward; Caldecote ward; Comberton ward; Hardwick ward1
LintonBalsham ward; Linton ward1
MelbournMelbourn ward; Meldreth ward; Foxton parish1
Papworth and Swavesey1
SawstonHarston and Hauxton ward; Sawston ward; The Shelfords and Stapleford ward2
WaterbeachMilton ward; Waterbeach ward1
WillinghamLongstanton ward; Willingham and Over 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 Cambridgeshire.

The modifications concern the boundaries and names of Little Paxton and St Neots North, and St Neots Eaton Socon electoral divisions and the names of Cottenham, Histon and Impington, Ely North and East, and Ely South and West 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 60 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 for each district or city in the county of Cambridgeshire to make any necessary amendments to the electoral register to reflect the new electoral arrangements.

Article 6 revokes the County of Cambridgeshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1984, with the exception of article 5.

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 Cambridgeshire County Council and at the principal office of the Electoral Commission at Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.

(1)

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.

(2)

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

(3)

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).

(4)

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.

(5)

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

(6)

See the City of Cambridge (Electoral Changes) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/2369), the District of East Cambridgeshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/2596), the District of Fenland (Electoral Changes) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/2595), the District of Huntingdonshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/2984), and the District of South Cambridgeshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/2374) as amended by the District of South Cambridgeshire (Electoral Changes) (Amendment) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/711).

(7)

See the County of Cambridgeshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1984 (S.I. 1984/1944). The area of the county of Cambridgeshire was altered by the Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Lincolnshire (County Boundaries) Order 1989 (S.I. 1989/133), the Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk (County Boundaries) Order 1990 (S.I. 1990/228), the Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire (County Boundaries) Order 1991 (S.I. 1991/282), the Cambridgeshire and Suffolk (County Boundaries) Order 1992 (S.I. 1992/3026) and the Cambridgeshire (City of Peterborough) (Structural, Boundary and Electoral Changes) Order 1996 (S.I. 1996/1878).

(8)

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).

(9)

S.I. 1984/1944.

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