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2018 No. 547

Local Government, England

The Forest of Dean (Electoral Changes) Order 2018

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26th April 2018

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 16th January 2018 stating its recommendations for changes to the electoral arrangements for the district of Forest of Dean. 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) and (4) of the Act.

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Forest of Dean (Electoral Changes) Order 2018.

(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 Forest of Dean (Electoral Changes) Order 2018”, 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 district of Forest of Dean and number of councillors

3.—(1) The existing wards of the district of Forest of Dean are abolished.

(2) The district of Forest of Dean is divided into 21 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 the parishes of Cinderford, Coleford, Lydney and West Dean

4.—(1) The existing wards of the parishes of Cinderford, Coleford, Lydney and West Dean are abolished.

(2) The parish of Cinderford is divided into the three parish wards listed in the first column of table 1 in Schedule 2.

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

(4) The parish of Lydney is divided into the three parish wards listed in the first column of table 3 in Schedule 2.

(5) The parish of West Dean is divided into the six parish wards listed in the first column of table 4 in Schedule 2.

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

(7) 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

Legal seal

Jolyon Jackson

Chief Executive

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

26th April 2018

Article 3

SCHEDULE 1Names of district wards and number of councillors

(1)

Name of district ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Berry Hill2
Bream2
Cinderford East2
Cinderford West2
Coleford3
Dymock1
Hartpury & Redmarley2
Longhope & Huntley2
Lydbrook1
Lydney East3
Lydney North1
Lydney West & Aylburton1
Mitcheldean, Ruardean & Drybrook3
Newent & Taynton3
Newland & Sling1
Newnham2
Pillowell1
Ruspidge1
St.Briavels1
Tidenham3
Westbury-on-Severn1

Article 4

SCHEDULE 2Names of parish wards and number of councillors

Table 1

Wards of the parish of Cinderford

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Cinderford East7
Cinderford North1
Cinderford West7

Table 2

Wards of the parish of Coleford

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Central5
East5
Mile End & Broadwell3

Table 3

Wards of the parish of Lydney

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Lydney East10
Lydney North3
Lydney West2

Table 4

Wards of the parish of West Dean

(1)

Name of parish ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Berry Hill2
Bream5
Christchurch1
Ellwood & Sling2
Parkend2
Pillowell3

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order makes changes to electoral arrangements for the district of Forest of Dean following recommendations made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. The area of the district 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 district of Forest of Dean and replaces them with 21 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-west/gloucestershire/forest-of-dean

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) and by paragraph 5 of Schedule 3 to the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (c.29) and as prospectively amended by section 6(16) of the Wales Act 2017 (c.4).

(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-west/gloucestershire/forest-of-dean

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