Commission puts forward its final ward boundaries for South Kesteven

South Kesteven District Council news.
South Kesteven District Council news.

Final recommendations have been made for plans to redraw district council ward boundaries.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England carried out a public consultation on plans for new ward boundaries for South Kesteven to even out the number of voters per councillor.

The commission’s final recommendations propose that South Kesteven should be represented by 56 councillors in the future: two fewer than the current arrangements.

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

“We have sought to balance the views expressed by local people with the criteria we must apply when we are deciding on new electoral arrangements.”

Under the proposals, Bourne would gain a ward and a councillor. A new Bourne Austerby ward would be added to the existing Bourne East and Bourne West.

The new ward, south of West Street and Coggles Causeway, would have three councillors while Bourne East and Bourne West would have two each.

There would also be slight changes to rural ward boundaries around Bourne to even out voter distribution.