Agenda and draft minutes
Constitutional and Nomination Committee
Monday, 4th November, 2019 2.00 pm
Venue: Council Antechamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension
Contact: Beth Morgan
At the meeting revised proposals for the Didsbury East Ward were introduced by the City Solicitor. The proposals included changes to Appendix 1 and 2 of the report.
The Chair agreed that amended proposals and updates on the information printed in the report for item 5 could be introduced and considered as urgent business.
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 2 October 2019.
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting on 2 October 2019.
The report of the Chief Executive is enclosed.
A report from the Chief Executive was considered relating to a review of the polling districts and polling places arrangements in the city. The Council’s scheme operated for parliamentary, local elections and other polls making it a key part of the city’s governance arrangements. As required by the Electoral Administration and Registration Act 2013, compulsory reviews of parliamentary polling districts and polling places must take place every 5 years, reflecting the Fixed Term Parliament Act 2011. The Council undertook a compulsory review in the autumn of 2013, coming into effect in February 2014. An interim review of the city’s parliamentary and local polling districts and polling places was needed to take into consideration the city’s ward boundary changes, following an Electoral Review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE). That took place in the autumn of 2017 and came into effect when the register was re-published on 1 February 2018. The Council’s next compulsory review was required to be within the 16 month period beginning on 1 October 2018, so had to conclude by 31 January 2020. In July 2019 The committee had authorised the initiation of the compulsory review of polling districts and polling places within the Council’s area, to begin on 15 July 2019, and delegated authority to the Chief Executive to undertake the review (Minute CN/19/17).
The report explained the timetable and process that had been used for the review. Revisions were being proposed in 16 of the city’s 32 wards, affecting all five of the parliamentary constituencies:
· Harpurhey, Higher Blackley, and part of Deansgate in the Blackley and Broughton Constituency;
· Part of Deansgate, Hulme, Miles Platting & Newton Heath, Piccadilly, and part Whalley Range in the Manchester Central Constituency;
· Fallowfield, Levenshulme, Longsight, Rusholme, part of Whalley Range in the Manchester Gorton Constituency;
· Chorlton Park, Didsbury East, Didsbury West in the Manchester Withington Constituency;
· and Sharston, and Woodhouse Park in the Wythenshawe and Sale East Constituency.
Maps showing the proposed revised polling districts were included in the report for 14 of the 16 wards. The proposed changes in Fallowfield and Woodhouse Park were just changes to a Polling Place within one of the current Polling Districts, so no new map was needed for those two wards.
The report set out the justifications for all the changes being proposed on a ward by ward and a constituency basis. A schedule of the reasons is appended to these minutes.
As had been agreed by the Chair, a revised map for the Didsbury East ward (A34 Version) was considered under urgent business. It was explained that the boundary of the new polling district for 4DEJ was incorrect in the report. The proposed boundary should be taken along the A34 and not the railway line. A map and revised list of properties now included in 4DEJ streets was submitted, amending appendices 1 and 2 in the report.
Also at the meeting an update was given for Deansgate Ward regarding polling district boundaries for 2DGE ... view the full minutes text for item 26.