Summary Map Central Bedfordshire Council boundary changes Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2020

Central Bedfordshire is set to have new boundaries for council wards

Following a review, the Local Government Boundary Commission has today (12 January 2021) launched its final recommendations for the whole of Central Bedfordshire.

The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body responsible for conducting reviews of local authority electoral arrangements. It can also conduct reviews of the structure of local government, and the external boundaries of local authorities.

Currently in Central Bedfordshire there are:

  • 59 councillors
  • 31 wards
  • 12 single-councillor wards
  • 10 two-councillor wards
  • 9 three-councillor wards

The Commission has said that Central Bedfordshire residents should change to:

  • 63 councillors
  • 31 wards, but the boundaries of 19 wards should change
  • 9 single-councillor wards
  • 12 two-councillor wards
  • 10 three-councillor wards

As part of the changes, Millbrook will move from the Cranfield and Marston Moretaine Ward to the Ampthill Ward.

You can view a high-resolution boundary map here.

These changes are designed to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.

According to the Boundary Commission, local residents and organisations made 375 comments to help decide the new wards.

In a statement published on the Commission’s website, Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the Commission, said:

“We are very grateful to people in Central Bedfordshire. We looked at all the views they gave us. They helped us improve our earlier proposals.

“We believe the new arrangements will guarantee electoral fairness while maintaining local ties.”

The Commission has made further changes to its earlier proposals. Details can be found on its website.

Parliament now needs to agree the changes. The new arrangements will then apply for the May 2023 council elections.