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New Northern Ireland council boundaries a step closer


IrishWelshCelt

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The long-running process of replacing Northern Ireland's 26 councils with 11 new bodies has cleared another hurdle.

A report has been published setting out suggested boundaries for the new councils' building blocks, known as district electoral areas.

There will be 120 fewer councillors after the shake-up.

The report will be carefully studied by politicians trying to decide whether to stand again or to take a severance payment before retiring.

The 11 new local government districts contain a total of 462 wards.

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District electoral commissioner Dick Mackenzie has recommended that there should be 36 five-ward electoral areas, 26 six-ward areas, and 18 seven-ward areas.


The plans involve amalgamating the 26 councils into 11 bigger areas
Each ward represents a seat on the council, although councillors are not elected to a particular ward.

They are elected to represent the district electoral area by a system of proportional representation.

Thus an electoral area will be represented by five, six or seven councillors, depending on the number of wards it contains.

Mr Mackenzie said there would be an eight-week period for consultation and objections.

"As a result of those I may or may not hold public inquiries, which would be held in early autumn," he said.

Mr Mackenzie said he would consider reports of the inquiries and consult the secretary of state by December.



So who's going to be the biggest winners from this? Obviously it'll depend on how the councils are divided but I assume it'll be drawn out along existing political lines.
 


between the bridges

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Imho load of ballix, six county councils and 2 city councils...
 

vivabrigada

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The long-running process of replacing Northern Ireland's 26 councils with 11 new bodies has cleared another hurdle.

A report has been published setting out suggested boundaries for the new councils' building blocks, known as district electoral areas.

There will be 120 fewer councillors after the shake-up.

The report will be carefully studied by politicians trying to decide whether to stand again or to take a severance payment before retiring.

The 11 new local government districts contain a total of 462 wards.

Not elected
District electoral commissioner Dick Mackenzie has recommended that there should be 36 five-ward electoral areas, 26 six-ward areas, and 18 seven-ward areas.


The plans involve amalgamating the 26 councils into 11 bigger areas
Each ward represents a seat on the council, although councillors are not elected to a particular ward.

They are elected to represent the district electoral area by a system of proportional representation.

Thus an electoral area will be represented by five, six or seven councillors, depending on the number of wards it contains.

Mr Mackenzie said there would be an eight-week period for consultation and objections.

"As a result of those I may or may not hold public inquiries, which would be held in early autumn," he said.

Mr Mackenzie said he would consider reports of the inquiries and consult the secretary of state by December.



So who's going to be the biggest winners from this? Obviously it'll depend on how the councils are divided but I assume it'll be drawn out along existing political lines.


I posted this on another thread, looks like a sell out to Sunny Jim Allister. (What isn't these days)
Shameful Betrayal on Councils | - Traditional Unionist Voice
 

Ren84

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Fukin stupid boundaries. Revert back to the old 6 counties, plus two city councils for Belfast and Derry. SF of course wanted 7 councils but the other parties rejected this and demanded the 11 council model.

 

Mickeymac

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Agree. Outer south and east belfast getting lumped into Lisburn rather than Belfast or north Down makes little sense to me.

Must be a disadvantage to CRN's which would determine what you agree or disagree with.
 

runwiththewind

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Imho load of ballix, six county councils and 2 city councils...
That Bridges would bring NI in line with the Rep.:D

Seriously though, it does seem unnecessarily complicated.

Are unionists concerned that they may lose Belfast?
 
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That Bridges would bring NI in line with the Rep.:D

Seriously though, it does seem unnecessarily complicated.

Are unionists concerned that they may lose Belfast?
It should matter to no one. There is a need for administration of basic public services that should have neither unionist or nationalist relevance. The less levels of government the better, full stop. In all of this no one has mentioned the rates and any savings or improvement of services. The whole exercise is barmy to me and has the wrong focus.
 

devonish

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That Bridges would bring NI in line with the Rep.:D

Seriously though, it does seem unnecessarily complicated.

Are unionists concerned that they may lose Belfast?
Don't think it was the main issue, the rates subsidy from Forestside resulted in lobying from Lisburn. Will make rate in Lisburn a lot lower than Belfast.
 

Mickeymac

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That Bridges would bring NI in line with the Rep.:D

Seriously though, it does seem unnecessarily complicated.

Are unionists concerned that they may lose Belfast?

Onionists have already lost Belfast sir, the greening of the sick counties have already speeded up thanks to the antics of the fleggers and the scumbag onionist politicos who started their latest sectarian campaign on the backs of these lowlife cretins and have now left them high and dry.:lol:
 

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I don't favour abolition of Moyle council as it would leave Antrim Catholics powerless. It is 59% Catholic.
 

Marcella

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That Bridges would bring NI in line with the Rep.:D

Seriously though, it does seem unnecessarily complicated.

Are unionists concerned that they may lose Belfast?
Alliance currently hold the balance of power, if this is implemented, Nationalists will make up an outright majority in Belfast.
 

DT123

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One council would be plenty.The whole place is smaller than many English councils.
 

Marcella

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I don't favour abolition of Moyle council as it would leave Antrim Catholics powerless. It is 59% Catholic.
Power sharing should be made compulsory in all council wards.
 

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Power sharing should be made compulsory in all council wards.

Good point Marcella, as I understand Nationalist controlled councils practice it..........onionists on the other hand do not when they are in control.
 

Marcella

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Good point Marcella, as I understand Nationalist controlled councils practice it..........onionists on the other hand do not when they are in control.
I believe housing will once again come under the remit of local councils once the housing executive gets folded up. That being the case, measures need to be put in place to stop a return to the bad old days of discrimination.

I don't trust unionists to behave themselves. I know I'll get criticised for saying that but that's how I feel.
 

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