New electoral arrangements for Cheshire West and Chester Council Final recommendations March 2018
The final recommendations following review of the electoral arrangements for Cheshire West and Chester Council have now been published by The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) which is an independent body set up by Parliament. Recommendations for Kingsmead can be found from page 30 of the document.
Davenham, Moulton & Kingsmead and Northwich Leftwich Wards
114 We received 12 submissions in relation to these wards. These were from Mike Amesbury MP (Weaver Vale), Kingsmead Parish Council, Northwich Town Council, three borough councillors and six local residents. Northwich Town Council and Mike Amesbury MP supported the draft recommendations arguing that, due to the high level of deprivation in Leftwich, a single-councillor ward reflected the local community and would ensure the area was given the focus it needed. The other submissions objected to the draft recommendations, arguing that the two wards should be merged. Their reasoning was that that residents from Leftwich use facilities in Kingsmead and Davenham, whereas children living in Davenham and Kingsmead attend Leftwich Primary School.
115 The Labour Group and the Liberal Democrats supported the draft recommendations for similar reasons to those of the Town Council. The Conservative Group objected for similar reasons to those set out above.
116 We have carefully considered all the submissions received and, on balance, are satisfied that the Leftwich area is sufficiently distinct in terms of community interests that it should form its own ward. Therefore, we propose that our Davenham, Moulton & Kingsmead and Northwich Leftwich wards should be confirmed as final without amendment.