Draft Order laid before Parliament under section 59(9) of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009; draft to lie for forty days pursuant to section 6(1) of the Statutory Instruments Act 1946, during which period either House of Parliament may resolve that the Order be not made.

Draft Statutory Instruments

2022 No. [****]

Local Government, England

The Bedford (Electoral Changes) Order 2022

Made

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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 September 2021(3) stating its recommendations for changes to the electoral arrangements for the borough of Bedford. 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, commencement, extent and application

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Bedford (Electoral Changes) Order 2022.

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

(3) Articles 3 and 4 come into force—

(a)for the purpose of proceedings preliminary or relating to the election of councillors, on 15th October 2022;

(b)for all other purposes, on the ordinary day of election of councillors in England(4) in 2023.

(4) This Order extends to England and Wales but applies in relation to England only.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In this Order, “the map” means the map marked “Map referred to in the Bedford (Electoral Changes) Order 2022”, held by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England(5).

(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 borough of Bedford and number of councillors

3.—(1) The existing wards of the borough of Bedford are abolished.

(2) The borough of Bedford is divided into the 28 wards listed in the first column of the table in Schedule 1.

(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 the number specified in relation to that ward in the second column of the table in Schedule 1.

Wards of the parishes of Brickhill, Elstow, Kempston and Kempston Rural

4.—(1) The existing wards of the parishes of Brickhill, Elstow, Kempston and Kempston Rural are abolished.

(2) The parish of Brickhill is divided into the five parish wards listed in the first column of Table 1 in Schedule 2.

(3) The parish of Elstow is divided into the two parish wards listed in the first column of Table 2 in Schedule 2.

(4) The parish of Kempston is divided into the four parish wards listed in the first column of Table 3 in Schedule 2.

(5) The parish of Kempston Rural is divided into the two parish wards listed in the first column of Table 4 in Schedule 2.

(6) Each parish ward comprises the area identified on the map by reference to the name of the parish ward.

(7) The number of councillors to be elected for each parish ward is the number specified in relation to that ward in the second column of the relevant table in Schedule 2.

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

Name

Chief Executive

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Date

Article 3

SCHEDULE 1Wards of the borough of Bedford

(1)

Name of ward

(2)

Number of councillors

Biddenham1
Brickhill2
Bromham2
Castle & Newnham2
Cauldwell3
Clapham & Oakley2
De Parys2
Goldington2
Great Barford1
Great Denham1
Greyfriars1
Harpur2
Harrold1
Kempston Central & East2
Kempston North1
Kempston South1
Kempston West1
Kingsbrook2
Putnoe2
Queens Park3
Renhold & Ravensden1
Riseley1
Riverfield1
Sharnbrook1
Shortstown2
Wixams & Wilstead3
Wootton & Kempston Rural2
Wyboston1

Article 4

SCHEDULE 2Names of parish wards and number of councillors

Table 1

Wards of the parish of Brickhill

(1)

Names of parish wards

(2)

Number of councillors

East4
North4
South2
West3
Woodlands Park2

Table 2

Wards of the parish of Elstow

(1)

Names of parish wards

(2)

Number of councillors

Village6
Progress Way3

Table 3

Wards of the parish of Kempston

(1)

Names of parish wards

(2)

Number of councillors

Central & East5
North3
South2
West2

Table 4

Wards of the parish of Kempston Rural

(1)

Names of parish wards

(2)

Number of councillors

The Ends3
Wilkinson6

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

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

Article 3 abolishes the existing electoral wards of the borough of Bedford and replaces them with 28 new ones for the purpose of elections held on or after the ordinary day of election of councillors in England in 2023. It establishes the names and areas of the new electoral wards and the number of councillors for each.

Article 4 makes changes to parish wards that are consequential on the changes made by article 3.

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/eastern/bedfordshire/bedford.

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 report is 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/eastern/bedfordshire/bedford.

(4)

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), renumbered by paragraph 5 of Schedule 3 to the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (c. 29), and further amended by section 6(16) of the Wales Act 2017 (c. 4).

(5)

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/eastern/bedfordshire/bedford.