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The City of Westminster (Electoral Changes) Order 2020

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2020 No. 0000

Local Government, England

The City of Westminster (Electoral Changes) Order 2020

Made

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 May 2020 stating its recommendations for changes to the electoral arrangements for the City of Westminster. 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 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) of the Act.

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the City of Westminster (Electoral Changes) Order 2020.

(2) This article and article 2 come into force on the day after the day on which this Order is made.

(3) Article 3 comes 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 in England(3) in 2022.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In this Order, “the map” means the map marked “Map referred to in the City of Westminster (Electoral Changes) Order 2020”, 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 City of Westminster and number of councillors

3.—(1) The existing wards of the City of Westminster are abolished.

(2) The City of Westminster is divided into the 18 wards listed in the Schedule.

(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 three.

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

Name

Chief Executive

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Date

Article 3

SCHEDULEWards of the City of Westminster

1.  Abbey Road

2.  Bayswater

3.  Church Street

4.  Harrow Road

5.  Hyde Park

6.  Knightsbridge & Belgravia

7.  Lancaster Gate

8.  Little Venice

9.  Maida Vale

10.  Marylebone

11.  Pimlico North

12.  Pimlico South

13.  Queen’s Park

14.  Regent’s Park

15.  St James’s

16.  Vincent Square

17.  West End

18.  Westbourne

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

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

Article 3 abolishes the existing electoral wards of the City of Westminster and replaces them with 18 new ones for the purpose of elections held on or after the ordinary day of election of councillors in England in 2022. It also establishes the names and areas of the new electoral wards and the number of councillors for each.

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, 1st Floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0TL.

The map may also be accessed at https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/greater-london/greater-london/westminster.

A full impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as no, or no significant, impact on the private, voluntary or public 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 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 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, 1st Floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0TL. It is also accessible online at https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/greater-london/greater-london/westminster.

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