Electoral review of Cornwall Council 2016-18

Draft recommendations published

On 5th June 2018, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England published draft recommendations for Cornwall and a summary of the draft recommendations for Cornwall. The Commission also published interactive maps of their draft recommendations.

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Details of these draft recommendations were made available on the Cornwall Council stand at the Royal Cornwall Show.

The Commission’s plans would mean a reduction in the number of Cornwall Councillors to 87 and changes to the boundaries of all current divisions.

The Commission is conducting a period of public consultation until 17 September 2018. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on the proposed new council divisions, division boundaries and division names across Cornwall.

If you agree with the draft recommendations, please let the Commission know. If you don’t think their recommendations are right for Cornwall, the Commission want to hear alternative proposals for a different pattern of divisions.

If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write to them or email them or respond via their online portal by 17 September 2018:
The Review Officer (Cornwall)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
14th Floor, Millbank Tower

Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/9428

Council size decision by LGBCE announced 26 September 2017
Consultation on division boundaries 26 September 2017 to 19 February 2018
Draft recommendations published by LGBCE 5 June 2018
Consultation on draft recommendations 5 June 2018 to 17 September 2018
Final recommendations published by LGBCE December 2018


The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is conducting an electoral review of Cornwall Council.

This is the first electoral review to take place in Cornwall since the creation of the unitary council in 2009.  Any changes will take effect at the 2021 Cornwall Council elections.

The Commission published detailed technical guidance for those who wished to participate in the review.

The LGBCE visited Cornwall on 30 March 2016. They gave presentations on the electoral review to Parish and Cornwall Councillors. The following documents are available to download: 

In May 2016, Cornwall Council published a briefing pack. This contains more information about the review process. 

The electoral review will examine Cornwall Council’s electoral arrangements and cover the following areas:

  • the total number of members to be elected to the Council;
  • the number and boundaries of future electoral divisions;
  • the number of councillors representing each electoral division; and
  • the name of each electoral division.

A principal aim of the review is to deliver electoral equality across the local authority. IT aims to do this by ensuring that all councillors represent a similar number of voters.

The LGBCE is required by law to be impartial, with its decisions based on evidence and reason.  The representations of all those taking part in the review are treated equally and without bias.

There are no pre-conceived views on the future number of councillors for Cornwall Council.  The LGBCE will consider proposals for an increase, a decrease, or retention of the existing number of councillors.

The Council has set up an Electoral Review Panel of Councillors from all of the Council’s political groups. The Panel is Chaired by Councillor Malcolm Brown. The full Membership of the Panel along with the Panel’s meeting papers can be found on this website. This Panel is being supported by an Officer Group.

In October 2016, Cornwall Council sent its first submission on Council size to the LGBCE. The submission contained the following documents:

On 3 March 2017, the Council made its submission to meet the Commission’s deadline for final submissions on Council size. The Council's final submission on Council size is available on the Commission's website.

On 13 May 2017, the LGBCE released a statement proposing that Cornwall Council should have 87 councillors in future.

The statement also invited the public to submit local views on the proposed council size. This was during a public consultation period which ended on 7 August 2017. The LGBCE wanted the public to respond to these questions:

  1. Do you think 87 is the right number of councillors to be able to take decisions effectively?
  2. Would a council size of 87 enable the Council to represent the interests of all Cornwall’s communities?
  3. If you don’t agree that Cornwall should be represented by 87 councillors, what would your alternative number be, and why?

This consultation on council size closed at midnight on 7 August 2017.

On 7 August 2017 the Council submitted its response to the above LGBCE consultation on council size. The Council confirmed its previous submission for the number of councillors to be 99. It also highlighted the view of a large majority of local councils that the future council size for Cornwall should be not less than 99.

The Council made available forecasts of the electorate by polling district, parish and Community Network Area. They also included links to mapping to help understand that information. The information and mapping are available via the Electorate forecast information tab on the left of this page.

Future Council size for Cornwall announced

On 26 September 2017, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) confirmed their decision that the Council size for Cornwall from 2021 will be 87 Councillors. This is a reduction of 36 from the current 123. The Commission’s rationale for their decision is set out in their letter to the Council’s Chief Executive. It is also shown in their media statement.

Impact on parish and town councils

The LGBCE has limited powers to make recommendations about the electoral arrangements of city, parish and town councils that might be directly affected by changes to electoral division boundaries in Cornwall.  

This could include recommendations for:

  • the need for parish wards;
  • the number and boundaries of any parish wards;
  • the number of councillors to be elected from any parish ward; and
  • the name of any parish wards.

Any of the following can make representations to the LGBCE on both the size of Cornwall Council and the pattern of electoral divisions:

  • Cornwall Council
  • any city council
  • any parish council
  • any town council
  • any political party
  • any individual or
  • any organisation

The final decisions however will be made by the LGBCE. However, the LGBCE will encourage those mentioned above to give their views on the electoral arrangements they want for their local area.