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2015 No. 1873

Local Government, England

The Hertfordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2015

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5th November 2015

Coming into force in accordance with article 1(2) – (5)

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 May 2015 stating its recommendations for changes to the electoral arrangements for the county of Hertfordshire. The Commission has decided to give effect to the recommendations.

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 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 Hertfordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2015.

(2) This article, article 2 and article 12 come into force—

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

(b)for all other purposes, on the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2016.

(3) Article 3 comes into force—

(a)for the purpose of proceedings preliminary or relating to the election of councillors, on 15th October 2016;

(b)for all other purposes, on the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2017.

(4) Articles 7, 10 and 11 come into force—

(a)for the purpose of proceedings preliminary or relating to the election of councillors, on 15th October 2017;

(b)for all other purposes, on the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2018.

(5) Articles 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 13 come into force—

(a)for the purpose of proceedings preliminary or relating to the election of councillors, on 15th October 2018;

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

Interpretation

2.  In this Order—

“map” means the map marked “Map referred to in the Hertfordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2015”, prints of which 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 Hertfordshire and number of councillors

3.—(1) The existing electoral divisions of the county of Hertfordshire are abolished.

(2) The county of Hertfordshire is divided into 78 county electoral divisions, each listed by name in Schedule 1.

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

(4) One councillor is to be elected for each electoral division.

(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 Abbots Langley and number of councillors

4.—(1) The existing wards of the parish of Abbots Langley are abolished.

(2) The parish of Abbots Langley is divided into seven parish wards, each listed by name in the first column of table 1 in Schedule 2.

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

(4) 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 table 1 in Schedule 2.

Wards of the parish of Berkhamsted and number of councillors

5.—(1) The existing wards of the parish of Berkhamsted are abolished.

(2) The parish of Berkhamsted is divided into four parish wards, each listed by name in the first column of table 2 in Schedule 2.

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

(4) 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 table 2 in Schedule 2.

Wards of the parish of Chorleywood and number of councillors

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

(2) The parish of Chorleywood is divided into five parish wards, each listed by name in the first column of table 3 in Schedule 2.

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

(4) 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 table 3 in Schedule 2.

Wards of the parish of Colney Heath and number of councillors

7.—(1) The existing wards of the parish of Colney Heath are abolished.

(2) The parish of Colney Heath is divided into three parish wards, each listed by name in the first column of table 4 in Schedule 2.

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

(4) 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 table 4 in Schedule 2.

Wards of the parish of Elstree & Borehamwood and number of councillors

8.—(1) The existing wards of the parish of Elstree & Borehamwood are abolished.

(2) The parish of Elstree & Borehamwood is divided into seven parish wards, each listed by name in the first column of table 5 in Schedule 2.

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

(4) 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 table 5 in Schedule 2.

Wards of the parish of Hatfield and number of councillors

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

(2) The parish of Hatfield is divided into seven parish wards, each listed by name in the first column of table 6 in Schedule 2.

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

(4) 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 table 6 in Schedule 2.

Wards of the parish of Royston and number of councillors

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

(2) The parish of Royston is divided into four parish wards, each listed by name in the first column of table 7 in Schedule 2.

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

(4) 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 table 7 in Schedule 2.

Wards of the parish of St Michael and number of councillors

11.—(1) The parish of St Michael is divided into two parish wards, each listed by name in the first column of table 8 in Schedule 2.

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

(3) 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 table 8 in Schedule 2.

Wards of the parish of Sandridge and number of councillors

12.—(1) The existing wards of the parish of Sandridge are abolished.

(2) The parish of Sandridge is divided into four parish wards, each listed by name in the first column of table 9 in Schedule 2.

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

(4) 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 table 9 in Schedule 2.

Wards of the parish of Watford Rural and number of councillors

13.—(1) The existing wards of the parish of Watford Rural are abolished.

(2) The parish of Watford Rural is divided into five parish wards, each listed by name in the first column of table 10 in Schedule 2.

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

(4) 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 table 10 in Schedule 2.

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

Legal seal

Max Caller

Chairman

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Date 5th November 2015

Article 3

SCHEDULE 1Names of county electoral divisions

In Broxbourne Borough

Cheshunt Central
Flamstead End & Turnford
Goffs Oak & Bury Green
Hoddesdon North
Hoddesdon South
Waltham Cross
In Dacorum Borough
Berkhamsted
Bridgewater
Hemel Hempstead East
Hemel Hempstead North East
Hemel Hempstead North West
Hemel Hempstead South East
Hemel Hempstead St Pauls
Hemel Hempstead Town
Kings Langley
Tring
In East Hertfordshire District
Bishops Stortford East
Bishops Stortford Rural
Bishops Stortford West
Buntingford
Hertford All Saints
Hertford Rural
Hertford St Andrews
Sawbridgeworth
Ware North
Ware South
In Hertsmere Borough
Borehamwood North
Borehamwood South
Bushey North
Bushey South
Potters Bar East
Potters Bar West & Shenley
Watling
In North Hertfordshire District
Baldock & Letchworth East
Hitchin North
Hitchin Rural
Hitchin South
Knebworth & Codicote
Letchworth North
Letchworth South
Royston East & Ermine
Royston West & Rural
In St Albans City
Colney Heath & Marshalswick
Harpenden North East
Harpenden Rural
Harpenden South West
London Colney
St Albans Central
St Albans East
St Albans North
St Albans South
St Stephen’s
In Stevenage Borough
Bedwell
Broadwater
Chells
Old Stevenage
Shephall
St Nicholas
In Three Rivers District
Abbots Langley
Croxley
Rickmansworth East & Oxhey Park
Rickmansworth West
South Oxhey & Eastbury
Three Rivers Rural
In Watford Borough
Central Watford & Oxhey
Meriden Tudor
Nascot Park
North Watford
West Watford
Woodside Stanborough
In Welwyn Hatfield Borough
Haldens
Handside & Peartree
Hatfield East
Hatfield North
Hatfield Rural
Hatfield South
Welwyn
Welwyn Garden City South

Articles 4 to 13

SCHEDULE 2Names of parish wards and number of councillors

Table 1

Wards of the parish of Abbots Langley and number of councillors

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Abbots Langley4
Abbots Langley West1
Bedmond1
Hunton Bridge & Langleybury1
Hunton Park1
Leavesden5
Primrose Hill2

Table 2

Wards of the parish of Berkhamsted and number of councillors

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

All Saints3
Berkhamsted Castle5
Berkhamsted East5
Lagley2

Table 3

Wards of the parish of Chorleywood and number of councillors

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Chorleywood Cedars2
Chorleywood Common & Loudwater5
Chorleywood East2
Chorleywood Quickswood1
Chorleywood South7

Table 4

Wards of the parish of Colney Heath and number of councillors

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Colney Heath4
Highfield4
Hill End1

Table 5

Wards of the parish of Elstree & Borehamwood and number of councillors

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Borehamwood Brookmeadow2
Borehamwood Cowley Hill3
Borehamwood Hillside3
Borehamwood Kenilworth North1
Borehamwood Kenilworth South1
Borehamwood Shenley Road1
Elstree2

Table 6

Wards of the parish of Hatfield and number of councillors

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Central3
East3
Newgate Street & Wildhill1
Oxlease2
South2
Villages3
West1

Table 7

Wards of the parish of Royston and number of councillors

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Royston Meridian2
Royston Palace2
Royston South1
Royston West1

Table 8

Wards of the parish of St Michael and number of councillors

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

St Michael6
St Michael South East1

Table 9

Wards of the parish of Sandridge and number of councillors

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Jersey Farm4
Marshalswick East4
Marshalswick West4
Village2

Table 10

Wards of the parish of Watford Rural and number of councillors

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Ashridge1
Carpenders Park4
Hayling2
Oxhey Hall2
South Oxhey5

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order makes changes to electoral arrangements for the county of Hertfordshire 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 2016.

Article 3 abolishes the existing county electoral divisions of the county of Hertfordshire and replaces them with 78 new ones. That article, the map (as defined in article 2) and Schedule 1 also establish the names, areas and number of councillors of the new county electoral divisions.

Articles 4 to 10, 12 and 13 abolish the existing wards of the parishes of (i) Abbots Langley, (ii) Berkhamsted, (iii) Chorleywood, (iv) Colney Heath, (v) Elstree & Borehamwood, (vi) Hatfield, (vii) Royston (viii) Sandridge and (ix) Watford Rural respectively and replace them with new ones. Article 11 creates parish wards in the parish of St Michael, which was formerly unwarded. Those articles, the map and Schedule 2 also establish the names, areas and number of councillors of the new parish wards.

The map defined in article 2 shows the new county electoral divisions and parish wards. It is available at http://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/eastern/hertfordshire/hertfordshire-county-council. The map is also available for inspection at all reasonable times at the offices of Hertfordshire County Council, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8DQ and at the offices of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England at 14th Floor, Millbank Tower, London SW1P 4QP.

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), paragraph 5 of Schedule 3 to the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (c.29) and section 60(1) of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c.28).

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