Changes could be made to names of electoral wards in Cirencester as part of boundary shake-up

Changes could be made to names of electoral wards in Cirencester as part of boundary shake-up

Changes could be made to names of electoral wards in Cirencester as part of boundary shake-up

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A RADICAL shake up of Cirencester’s electoral wards could result in some well known areas in the town being given a new identity.

Under new plans, put forward by the Local Government Boundary Commission, Cirencester’s five existing wards will be increased to eight with the new wards being given new names.

At a meeting of Cirencester Town Council on Tuesday, March 11, members discussed new names for the Beeches and Chesterton wards following proposals to split the wards in two.

Members agreed that the new Chesterton West and Chesterton East wards would be renamed as Fouracres and simply Chesterton, respectively.

Cllr Margaret Rickman said it was important to hold onto the Chesterton name for at least one of the new wards as it is “part of the town’s history”.

However, names for the new Beeches North and Beeches South wards proved more challenging for the members with a number of suggestions being submitted and then vetoed.

Councillors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict and it was agreed that the decision making process be delegated to the Beeches Community Group at its meeting on Thursday, March 13.

It was decided that Beeches North be renamed as just Beeches while the Beeches South ward would be known as New Mills, after a historic street in the town.

Group chairman Stuart Tarr said that the name Kingshill, which was suggested for Beeches North, had to be thrown out as there is a road of the same name in Beeches South.

Members of the town council agreed that Abbey ward would be a suitable new name for the Park and Whiteway ward.

The proposed new names will now be sent back to Cotswold District Council, which is orchestrating a boundary review of the whole district.

To view the plans and to leave comments, visit www.lgbce.org.uk.

Let us know your suggestions for the new ward names in the comment box below.

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7:38pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Union Man says...

Lib Dem proposals to reduce the number of Councillors has reduced the number of Cirencester Wards from 5 to 8 and the number of Cirencester Town Councillors from 15 to 16.. No I am not joking, you could not make it up.
Lib Dem proposals to reduce the number of Councillors has reduced the number of Cirencester Wards from 5 to 8 and the number of Cirencester Town Councillors from 15 to 16.. No I am not joking, you could not make it up. Union Man
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10:52pm Sun 23 Mar 14

esse quam viderie says...

Union Man, the Lib Dems proposed a reduction in the number of DISTRICT councillors. This proposal has been successful and from 2015 there will only be 35 councillors at CDC - a saving of £36000 to the tax payer in allowances.
Cirencester TOWN Councillors on the other hand don't get allowances at all so there is no extra cost because there will be 16 of them or two for each ward.
And the number of wards in the town is a decision made by the government appointed Boundary Commission appointed not by the Lib Dems.
If you came out from behind your blue tinted glasses, Union Man, you would know all this. But then you probably did know but just wanted to make a cheap political shot as usual.
Union Man, the Lib Dems proposed a reduction in the number of DISTRICT councillors. This proposal has been successful and from 2015 there will only be 35 councillors at CDC - a saving of £36000 to the tax payer in allowances. Cirencester TOWN Councillors on the other hand don't get allowances at all so there is no extra cost because there will be 16 of them or two for each ward. And the number of wards in the town is a decision made by the government appointed Boundary Commission appointed not by the Lib Dems. If you came out from behind your blue tinted glasses, Union Man, you would know all this. But then you probably did know but just wanted to make a cheap political shot as usual. esse quam viderie
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6:16am Mon 24 Mar 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Conservative proposals mean all CDC wards will be single Councillor wards EXCEPT for Chipping Campden to ensure Cllr Leader Lynden Stowe and his other employee keep their chances of being re-elected maximised.

Funny that
Conservative proposals mean all CDC wards will be single Councillor wards EXCEPT for Chipping Campden to ensure Cllr Leader Lynden Stowe and his other employee keep their chances of being re-elected maximised. Funny that Olly Cromwell
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11:56pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Union Man says...

My apologies Olly, Lib Dem proposals were indeed for 35 wards including 9 Cirencester Wards which would have meant 18 Town Councillors! a negative decrease of three!
They also meant residents on different sides of the same road in Chipping Campden would be in different wards, and as for the saving Lib Dems have already stated the allowances are to be determined by an independent panel free from political control, so bye bye £36K saving hello hole in the budget.
My apologies Olly, Lib Dem proposals were indeed for 35 wards including 9 Cirencester Wards which would have meant 18 Town Councillors! a negative decrease of three! They also meant residents on different sides of the same road in Chipping Campden would be in different wards, and as for the saving Lib Dems have already stated the allowances are to be determined by an independent panel free from political control, so bye bye £36K saving hello hole in the budget. Union Man
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1:09pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Geoff66 says...

Rather than simply moaning about local politics and "history" (which can not be changed), why not let us discuss whether this actually makes sense for these local communities?
Rather than simply moaning about local politics and "history" (which can not be changed), why not let us discuss whether this actually makes sense for these local communities? Geoff66
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11:55pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Union Man says...

Hang on a minute Geoff66, that's a radical thought making sense, lord no this is politics.
Lib Dems think they have too many councillors, No argument there. One of them is a closet Conservative, he went home half way through the budget meeting when the Lib Dems wanted to challenge the proposed council tax reduction, and of course one Lib Dem "Defected" to Mr Hearst's Independent Party un noticed by the Standard last year. So no need to change boundaries, The Lib Dems leadership does not even enjoy the support of its own councillors, even golden boy Harris is at loggerheads over parking and the fact they won't back him to challenge Clifton Brown for parliament, lucky for Cliffers as Joe would walk it . So sadly the reorganisation is a complete waste of time except the Conservatives will lose seats even if they retain proportional support, and that is the sort of meaningless misleading headline that the Lib Dem PR machine survives on.
Hang on a minute Geoff66, that's a radical thought making sense, lord no this is politics. Lib Dems think they have too many councillors, No argument there. One of them is a closet Conservative, he went home half way through the budget meeting when the Lib Dems wanted to challenge the proposed council tax reduction, and of course one Lib Dem "Defected" to Mr Hearst's Independent Party un noticed by the Standard last year. So no need to change boundaries, The Lib Dems leadership does not even enjoy the support of its own councillors, even golden boy Harris is at loggerheads over parking and the fact they won't back him to challenge Clifton Brown for parliament, lucky for Cliffers as Joe would walk it . So sadly the reorganisation is a complete waste of time except the Conservatives will lose seats even if they retain proportional support, and that is the sort of meaningless misleading headline that the Lib Dem PR machine survives on. Union Man
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1:07pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Geoff66 says...

Chesterton - not sure why it is being split as proposed, since this will cut in two the proposed new development in Chesterton of 2,500 plus new homes, which doesn't make any sense at all.
Plus i can't really see why the new "Four acres" ward should include the hospital and Amphitheatre areas, as surely these would be better left with the old Chesterton estate....although for many i am sure they would be sooner left in the Park ward.

Why not create a new ward which encompasses the Chesterton Farm estates and the proposed new development sites, and call this "Chesterton Farm"? i.e North and South
Chesterton - not sure why it is being split as proposed, since this will cut in two the proposed new development in Chesterton of 2,500 plus new homes, which doesn't make any sense at all. Plus i can't really see why the new "Four acres" ward should include the hospital and Amphitheatre areas, as surely these would be better left with the old Chesterton estate....although for many i am sure they would be sooner left in the Park ward. Why not create a new ward which encompasses the Chesterton Farm estates and the proposed new development sites, and call this "Chesterton Farm"? i.e North and South Geoff66
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