Welsh Government accepts LDBCW recommendations
Reforms to Wrexham Council’s ward boundaries are to go ahead after the Welsh Government decided to accept the recommendations of the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales with minor modifications only made to some recommended ward names.
The Commission’s Final Recommendations were submitted to the Welsh Government 05 November 2020 and minister for finance and local government, Rebecca Evans MS, has today confirmed that the decision has been made to accept the recommendations.
The changes accepted by the Welsh Government mean that Wrexham’s number of councillors will increase by 4, taking the council from 52 to 56 members. This results in an average of 1,801 electors per councillor.
Meanwhile the number of wards will be increased from 47 to 49, with 7 of those being multi-member wards, electing 2 councillors each.
24 current wards will see no change under these reforms.
A small number of recommendations on ward names were not accepted by Welsh Government.
Responding to the Welsh Government’s decision, Shereen Williams MBE OStJ, Chief Executive of the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales said:
“I’m delighted that the Welsh Government has accepted these recommendations with only minor modifications.
“These changes will mean greater electoral parity for the people of Wrexham.
“I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the review, the members of the public, councillors, Wrexham Council, and everyone else who sent us a representation or contributed in any other way.”
The boundary changes are expected to take effect from the 2022 local government elections.
The full list of retained wards:
- Borras Park
- Dyffryn Ceiriog
- Chirk North
- Chirk South
- Garden Village
- Gresford East and West
- Gwersyllt North
- Gwersyllt West
- Little Acton
- Llangollen Rural
- Marford and Hoseley
- Penycae and Ruabon South
Recommendations not accepted by Welsh Government:
- The Commission proposed the electoral ward which is known in English as Marchwiel is given the Welsh language name of Marchwiail. The electoral ward will be given the single name of Marchwiel.
- The Commission proposed the electoral ward which is known in English as Minera is given the Welsh language name of Y Mwynglawdd. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Mwynglawdd
- The Commission proposed the electoral ward which is known in English as Bangor Is-y-Coed is given the single name of Bangor Is-y-Coed. The electoral ward will be given the single name of Bangor-is-y-coed.
The Final Recommendations report for Wrexham Council can be found here, along with maps of each proposed ward.
The Welsh Government Written Statement announcing the decision can be found here.