Views sought on proposed Corbridge Parish Council changes

The electoral arrangements of Corbridge Parish Council are currently being examined with a view to removing its subdivision into wards.

The Parish of Corbridge currently comprises two wards;  the Corbridge Ward with an electorate of 2,638 and the Dilston Ward with an 384 electorate.  The Parish has a total of eleven Parish Councillors with nine representing the Corbridge Ward, and two representing the Dilston Ward.

The Parish Council is concerned that, at a Parish Council election, residents living in the Dilston Ward were unable to vote as the vacancy applied only to the Corbridge Ward.  Ideally, Parish Councillors representing the Dilston Ward would also be resident in that Ward, however, this is rarely the case.  It has been very difficult to find anyone resident in that Ward to stand for election.  If the Wards were removed then all eleven Parish Councillors would represent the whole of Corbridge Parish.

Northumberland County Council has the powers to conduct community governance reviews which can involve creating new, or amalgamating parishes and amending electoral arrangements.  The Parish Council has asked the authority to carry out such a review.

The County Council is now consulting with local electors and other stakeholders in the area about the proposals.  A report will be sent to the Council in January 2018 informing it of the outcome and, if an Order is made, the removal of the two Wards will come into force with effect from the next local elections of the Parish Council in May 2021.

If you would like to make your views known, they should be submitted, in writing, by  9 October  2017 to :-
Lesley Bennett
Senior Democratic Services Officer,
Democratic Services,
Northumberland County Council,
County Hall,
NE61 2EF

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