Background
Background

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Ennerdale Room, Whitehaven Civic Hall, Lowther Street, Whitehaven. CA28 7SH

Contact: Clive Willoughby  Tel: 01946 598328

Items
No. Item

ER6

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor John Burns.

ER7

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no Declarations of Interests made.

ER8

Minutes of the Meeting held on 3 October 2016 pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That the minutes of the meeting held on 3 October 2016 be signed by the Deputy Chair as a correct record.

 

ER9

Parliamentary Constituency Boundary Review Consultation pdf icon PDF 310 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Senior Elections Officer introduced the report on the Parliamentary Constituency Boundary Review Consultation.

 

This included an outline of the current constituency arrangements, details of the previous boundary changes proposed in 2011 and Copeland Borough Council’s response at that time.

 

Members were then provided with details of the new proposals.

 

In the discussion that followed, Members were in general agreement with the proposals.

 

Members were of the opinion that the proposed new name of Workington and Whitehaven Constituency did not reflect the large geographical area covered and suggested an alternative of West Cumbria Constituency.

 

It was also suggested an alternative name of Whitehaven and Workington Constituency be considered to reflect that the majority of constituents resided in the Whitehaven/Copeland Borough area.

 

Members also requested confirmation regarding which authority would lead on Parliamentary elections, and assumed it would be Copeland Borough Council as the majority of constituents in the new constituency lived in the Copeland area.

 

Members felt it was not necessary to hold a further meeting on the proposed Parliamentary Constituency Boundary Review Consultation. It was requested that a report be prepared that could be recommended to the full Council on 29 November 2016 and submitted prior to the consultation deadline of 5 December 2016.

 

RESOLVED – that

a)     The proposed constituency boundary changes be supported,

b)     Alternative constituency names be put forward

First choice – West Cumbria Constituency

Second choice – Whitehaven and Workington Constituency

c)     Confirmation that Copeland Borough Council would take the lead at a Parliamentary election be sought.

 

ER10

Date and Time of Next Meeting.

The next meeting of the Electoral Review Working Party will be held on Friday 11 November 2016 at 2:00pm at The Ennerdale Room, Whitehaven Civic Hall, Lowther Street, Whitehaven.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Electoral Review Working Party will be held on Friday 16 December 2016 at 10.00pm at the Ennerdale Room, Whitehaven Civic Hall.

 

 

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