The Staffordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2012

Statutory Instruments

2012 No. 875

Local Government, England

The Staffordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2012

Made

20th March 2012

Coming into force in accordance with article 2

Under section 58(4) of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009(1) (“the 2009 Act”) the Local Government Boundary Commission for England(2) published a report dated October 2011 stating its recommendations for changes to the electoral arrangements for the county of Staffordshire.

A draft of the instrument has been laid before Parliament and a period of forty days has expired and neither House has resolved that the instrument be not made.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has decided to give effect to the recommendations for electoral changes and in exercise of the powers conferred by section 59(1) of the 2009 Act makes the following Order:

Citation

1.  This Order may be cited as the Staffordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2012.

Commencement

2.  (1)  This Order, with the exception of articles 5 to 11, comes into force—

(a)for the purpose of proceedings preliminary or relating to the elections of councillors for county electoral divisions, on 15th October 2012;

(b)for all other purposes, on the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2013.

(2) Articles 5 to 11 come into force—

(a)for the purpose of proceedings preliminary or relating to the elections of parish councillors, on 15th October 2014;

(b)for all other purposes, on the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2015.

Interpretation

3.  In this Order—

“map” means the map marked “Map referred to in the Staffordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2012”, of which prints are available for inspection at the principal office of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England;

“ordinary day of election of councillors” has the meaning given by section 37 of the Representation of the People Act 1983(3).

Electoral divisions of the county of Staffordshire and number of councillors

4.  (1)  The existing electoral divisions of the county of Staffordshire are abolished.

(2) The county is divided into sixty electoral divisions each bearing a name listed in column 1 of the Schedule.

(3) Each electoral division comprises the area designated on the map by reference to the name of the electoral division.

(4) The number of councillors to be elected for each electoral division is the number specified in relation to that electoral division in column 2 of the Schedule.

(5) 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 parish of Branston and number of councillors

5.  (1)  The parish of Branston is divided into two wards named respectively—

(a)Branston;

(b)Henhurst.

(2) Each ward comprises the area designated on the map by reference to the name of the ward.

(3) Nine councillors are to be elected for Branston ward.

(4) Two councillors are to be elected for Henhurst ward.

Wards of the parish of Burntwood and number of councillors

6.  (1)  The existing wards of the parish of Burntwood are abolished.

(2) The parish is divided into nine wards named respectively—

(a)All Saints;

(b)Boney Hay;

(c)Burntwood Central;

(d)Burntwood Green;

(e)Chase Terrace;

(f)Chasetown;

(g)Highfield;

(h)Rake Hill;

(i)Summerfield.

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

(4) Four councillors are to be elected for Chase Terrace ward.

(5) Three councillors are to be elected for each of the following wards:

(a)All Saints;

(b)Boney Hay;

(c)Burntwood Central;

(d)Chasetown;

(e)Summerfield.

(6) One councillor is to be elected for each of the following wards:

(a)Burntwood Green;

(b)Highfield;

(c)Rake Hill.

Wards of the parish of Horninglow and Eton and number of councillors

7.  (1)  The existing wards of the parish of Horninglow and Eton are abolished.

(2) The parish is divided into three wards named respectively—

(a)Eton;

(b)Horninglow;

(c)Tutbury Road.

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

(4) Seven councillors are to be elected for Horninglow ward.

(5) Six councillors are to be elected for Eton ward.

(6) Two councillors are to be elected for Tutbury Road ward.

Wards of the parish of Leek and number of councillors

8.  (1)  The existing wards of the parish of Leek are abolished.

(2) The parish is divided into six wards named respectively—

(a)Birchall;

(b)Leekbrook;

(c)Leek East;

(d)Leek North;

(e)Leek South;

(f)Leek West.

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

(4) Two councillors are to be elected for each ward.

Wards of the parish of Penkridge and number of councillors

9.  (1)  The existing wards of the parish of Penkridge are abolished.

(2) The parish is divided into five wards named respectively—

(a)Gailey;

(b)Levedale;

(c)North East;

(d)South East;

(e)West.

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

(4) Six councillors are to be elected for South East ward.

(5) Four councillors are to be elected for North East ward.

(6) Three councillors are to be elected for West ward.

(7) One councillor is to be elected for each of the following wards:

(a)Gailey;

(b)Levedale.

Wards of the parish of Seighford and number of councillors

10.  (1)  The existing wards of the parish of Seighford are abolished.

(2) The parish is divided into three wards named respectively—

(a)Derrington;

(b)Great Bridgeford;

(c)Seighford.

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

(4) Four councillors are to be elected for Derrington ward.

(5) Three councillors are to be elected for Great Bridgeford ward.

(6) One councillor is to be elected for Seighford ward.

Wards of the parish of Stone and number of councillors

11.  (1)  The existing wards of the parish of Stone are abolished.

(2) The parish is divided into four wards named respectively—

(a)St Michael’s;

(b)Stonefield and Christchurch;

(c)Walton North;

(d)Walton South.

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

(4) Five councillors are to be elected for each of the following wards:

(a)St Michael’s;

(b)Stonefield and Christchurch;

(c)Walton South.

(5) Three councillors are to be elected for Walton North ward.

Sealed with the seal of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England on the 20th day of March 2012

Legal seal

Max Caller

Chairman

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

20th March 2012

Article 4

SCHEDULENames of county electoral divisions and numbers of councillors

12
Name of County Electoral DivisionNumber of Councillors
In Cannock Chase District
Brereton and Ravenhill1
Cannock Town Centre1
Cannock Villages1
Chadsmoor1
Etching Hill and Heath1
Hednesford and Rawnsley2
In East Staffordshire Borough
Burton Tower1
Burton Town1
Burton Trent1
Dove1
Horninglow and Stretton1
Needwood Forest1
Uttoxeter Rural1
Uttoxeter Town1
In Lichfield District
Burntwood North1
Burntwood South1
Lichfield City North1
Lichfield City South1
Lichfield Rural East1
Lichfield Rural North1
Lichfield Rural South1
Lichfield Rural West1
In Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough
Audley and Chesterton1
Bradwell, Porthill and Wolstanton1
Keele, Knutton and Silverdale1
Kidsgrove1
May Bank and Cross Heath1
Newcastle Rural1
Newcastle South1
Talke and Red Street1
Westlands and Thistleberry1
In South Staffordshire District
Brewood1
Cheslyn Hay, Essington and Great Wyrley2
Codsall1
Kinver1
Penkridge1
Perton1
Wombourne1
In Stafford Borough
Eccleshall1
Gnosall and Doxey1
Stafford Central1
Stafford North1
Stafford South East1
Stafford Trent Valley1
Stafford West1
Stone Rural1
Stone Urban1
In Staffordshire Moorlands District
Biddulph North1
Biddulph South and Endon1
Caverswall1
Cheadle and Checkley1
Churnet Valley1
Leek Rural1
Leek South1
In Tamworth Borough
Amington1
Bolebridge1
Perrycrofts1
Stonydelph1
Watling North1
Watling South1

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order makes changes to the electoral arrangements for the county of Staffordshire following recommendations made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. The area of the county remains unchanged.

The electoral changes apply in respect of local government elections to be held on and after the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2013.

Article 4 abolishes the existing electoral divisions of the county and replaces them with 60 new ones. That article, the map and the Schedule also establish the names and areas of the new electoral divisions and the number of councillors for each electoral division.

Article 5 establishes 2 wards for the parish of Branston. That article and the map also establish the names and areas of the new wards and the number of councillors for each ward.

Article 6 abolishes the existing wards of the parish of Burntwood and replaces them with 9 new ones. That article and the map also establish the names and areas of the new wards and the number of councillors for each ward.

Article 7 abolishes the existing wards of the parish of Horninglow and Eton and replaces them with 3 new ones. That article and the map also establish the names and areas of the new wards and the number of councillors for each ward.

Article 8 abolishes the existing wards of the parish of Leek and replaces them with 6 new ones. That article and the map also establish the names and areas of the new wards and the number of councillors for each ward.

Article 9 abolishes the existing wards of the parish of Penkridge and replaces them with 5 new ones. That article and the map also establish the names and areas of the new wards and the number of councillors for each ward.

Article 10 abolishes the existing wards of the parish of Seighford and replaces them with 3 new ones. That article and the map also establish the names and areas of the new wards and the number of councillors for each ward.

Article 11 abolishes the existing wards of the parish of Stone and replaces them with 4 new ones. That article and the map also establish the names and areas of the new wards and the number of councillors for each ward.

The map defined in article 3 shows the new county electoral divisions and parish wards. It is available at www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/west-midlands/staffordshire/staffordshire-county-council-electoral-review; it is also available, at all reasonable times, at the offices of the council of the county of Staffordshire and at the principal office of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England at Layden House, 76 – 86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG.

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 (c.20).

(3)

1983 c.2. Section 37 has been amended by section 18(2) of the Representation of the People Act 1985 (c.50), section 17 of the Greater London Authority Act l999 (c.29) and section 60 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c.28).