Anger at boundary changes
Last updated at 14:20, Wednesday, 19 September 2012
CHANGES to Cumbria County Council electoral divisions look certain to go ahead, despite vigorous protests from the council.
The Local Government Boundary Commission has reviewed boundaries between the 84 divisions which will come into force before the elections next year.
The council argued that maps used as a basis for consultation were unclear and that the commission’s data was flawed, particularly the projections for population growth.
But the Commission rejected the complaint.
Council leader Eddie Martin told the cabinet that the only way the council could block the changes would be to apply for a judicial review, which he rejected as time-consuming and expensive.
He added: “These recommendations now go before Parliament. There is an opportunity for any one of our six MPs to lodge a protest.”
Deputy leader Stewart Young was furious with the Boundary Commission.
He said: “I have never dealt with a more antagonistic and disrespectful organisation. Their arrogance is beyond belief.’’
First published at 16:35, Monday, 17 September 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Aww diddums. Poor Mr Martin and Mr Young the beneficiaries of precisely the same thing they are hoping to block.
Who'd have thought it?
Why is this boundary revision even happening?