Corby will keep 29 borough councillors

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Corby will continue to be represented by 29 borough councillors following the recommendations of the independent Local Government Boundary Commission.

It carried out a 12-week consultation on draft proposals and has drawn up new boundaries for each council ward in the borough.

The Commission’s recommendations also propose that councillors should represent one single-member ward, five two-member wards and six three-member wards.

Max Caller, chairman of the commission, said: “We are extremely grateful to people across Corby who took the time and effort to send us their views. The Commission considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising these recommendations.

“Across the borough, we have sought to balance the views expressed to us by local people with the criteria we must apply when we are deciding on new electoral arrangements. As such, we believe these recommendations deliver electoral equality for voters as well as reflecting the identities of communities across Corby.”

Following feedback received during the public consultations, the commission proposes to alter part of the recommendations it put forward in January.

In its draft plan the commission proposed that three streets to the north of Corby, Hooke Close, Watson Close and White Post Court, should be part of the Rural West ward.

Following representations made during consultations, the commission has decided the three streets share closer community ties with the urban Rowlett ward and has altered its recommendations to reflect the change

The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament and a draft order, the legal document which brings into force the recommendations, will be ratified in the coming months. The new electoral arrangements will come into force at the council elections in 2015.