New political map for Malvern Hills District Council

News Release from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Malvern Hills is set to have new boundaries for its council wards.

The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed Malvern Hills to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.

The Commission has published final recommendations for changes in Malvern Hills. It says residents should be represented by 31 councillors. This is seven fewer than the current arrangements.

There will be 18 wards, four fewer than there are now. The boundaries of all wards except for Kempsey will change. The 31 councillors should represent two three-councillor wards, nine two-councillor wards and seven single-councillor wards across the council area.

Publishing the recommendations Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: "We are very grateful to people in Malvern Hills. We looked at all the views they gave us. They helped us improve our earlier proposals.

"We believe the new arrangements will deliver electoral fairness while maintaining local ties."

277 people and organisations made comments to help decide the new wards. Changes in response to what local people said include:

 A new warding pattern for north-east Malvern Hills combining parts of the draft recommendations, further draft recommendations and some new wards
 Returning to the draft recommendations in Malvern, for a mixed pattern of single, two and three-councillor wards

The Commission has made further changes to its earlier proposals. Details can be found on the Boundary Commission Website.

The changes become law once Parliament has approved them. Staff at the council will ensure that the arrangements are in place for the 2023 elections.

New wards for Malvern Hills Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2022
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