Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations: final recommendations

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Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council went through a boundary review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) under the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009, which reviewed the ward boundaries within Blackburn with Darwen.  The review by the LGBCE recommended a reduction of councillors from 64 to 51 and changed the number of electoral wards from 23 to 17. These recommendations were approved through the Blackburn with Darwen (Electoral Changes) Order 2017.    

The council must also regularly review the division of its area into polling districts and the places where electors are asked to vote. Full reviews must be started and completed within the period of 16 months that starts on 1 October of every fifth year after 1 October 2013.

The relevant legislation can be found in section 16 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006, the Representation of the People Act 1983 and the Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006. Guidance is also published by the Electoral Commission.

In view of the boundary review undertaken by LGBCE and the regular review under legislation, we commenced a review of our polling districts, polling places and polling stations on 1 October 2018 to ensure they are aligned where possible and fit for purpose.  As part of the review process there was consultation on the Returning officer’s proposals which took place between 1 October 2018 and 9 November 2018. Comments and suggestions received during the consultation period have been considered and final recommendations have been prepared which will be considered for approval by Policy Council at its meeting at 6.00pm on 6 December 2018. The report to Policy Council and details of the final proposals, including ward maps are contained below under ‘Final Recommendations’.    

 

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