In March we posted a news item here from the Mayor asking residents to respond to a proposal from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England to change the electoral boundaries for Malmesbury. That response was successful.The Commission’s original proposal, which the Town Council and Wiltshire Council opposed, was to allocate the south-east sector of the town (Abbey, Town Hall, High Street, Kingswall, St John’s Street) to the Sherston Division for the purposes of the election of Wiltshire Councillors.

We heard on 1st October that the Boundary Commission has gone back on that proposal, and has agreed with the Town and Wiltshire Councils, and many residents who responded, that it is the to-be-developed Backbridge Farm estate (to the west of the town) that will be allocated to the Sherston Division.

The Commission says that of the 640 responses it received to its proposals across the whole of Wiltshire, 200 objections were received to its Malmesbury proposal. So thank you everyone who wrote in to object and/or encouraged others to do so.

The Wiltshire Council report that is available on their website, talks about Malmesbury on pages 30 and 31 and concludes:

“107 We recommend a division comprising the current Sherston division and the Backbridge Farm development of Malmesbury town. Malmesbury Town Council proposed that the name of the development be given to a town council ward and we accept that proposal as part of our final recommendations.”

They have agreed with the proposal from the Town Council and Wiltshire Council made earlier this year which was that the Backbridge Farm development would be allocated to the Sherston Division. This is not their original recommendation which was that a segment of the south-east of the town including the Town Hall and High Street and St Johns Street, be allocated to the Sherston Division.


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