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Lincolnshire County Council Boundary Review

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has announced its final recommendations in respect of the electoral arrangements for Lincolnshire County Council.

It is proposed that the total number of councillors should reduce to 70, each representing a single member division.  For the Boston Borough area there are no proposed boundary changes from the draft recommendations published in 2015.  However, the Commission has taken into account comments submitted by Boston Borough Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Parish Councils and members of the public in response to the consultation process on the draft recommendations, specifically in respect of the proposed division names, and now propose the division names of Boston Coastal, Boston North, Boston Rural, Boston South, Boston West and Skirbeck.

The new boundaries have implications for the Parishes of Fishtoft and Kirton, as those parishes have been split between county divisions, Fishtoft now falls into Boston Coastal and Skirbeck, and Kirton is split into Boston Rural and Boston South.  New warding arrangements will be put in place for parish elections to create three parish wards in Fishtoft; Fishtoft returning one member, Hawthorn Tree returning six members and Willoughby Hills returning four members, and two parish wards for Kirton; Kirton Meeres returning six members and The Cots returning six members.

The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft order will be laid in Parliament in the coming months and if approved the new electoral arrangements will come into force at the county council elections in May 2017.

A copy of the final LGBCE recommendations for your information can be found at Local Government Boundary Commission