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Electoral Review of Carlisle City Council

Published on 27 February 2018

Electoral Review of Carlisle City Council

The Local Government Boundary Commission held a consultation inviting proposals for a new pattern of electoral wards for Carlisle. This consultation ended on Monday 7 May 2018.

The Commission is recommending that 39 City Councillors should be elected to Carlisle City Council in future.

They invited proposals from the council, interested parties and members of the public on a pattern of electoral wards to accommodate those councillors.

Carlisle City Council's submission

In formulating this submission, the City Council has utilised the population projections for 2023 and as per the Local Government Boundary Commission's guidance have sought to create a warding pattern for three member wards so that each voter will have an equal opportunity to influence the makeup of the Council at each election. 

The submission includes:

  • A total of 13 new wards.
  • The suggested ward names are: Morton & West; Heysham; Dowbeck; Caldew; Gilford; Harraby & South; Melbourne; Bridgewater; Kingstown Houghton; Dalston & Solway; Longtown & Border; Brampton & Fellside; and Wetheral.

The warding proposals have sought to reflect the interests and identities of local communities. The ward proposals have picked out the areas where the urban developments have spread beyond the previous urban limits.  The proposals for the rural wards have the major towns/large villages of Longtown, Brampton, Dalston and Wetheral as their focal points.

Taking the above two factors into account the warding proposal has sought to deliver electoral equality for local voters by seeking to provide, as far as practicable, that each councillor will represent a similar number of voters.

Click here for Carlisle City Council's submission. It is also shown as a downloadable document below.


Review timetable

This phase of consultation closed on Monday 7 May 2018.

Once the Commission has considered all the proposals received during this phase of consultation, it plans to publish draft recommendations for new electoral arrangements in August 2018. Public consultation on the draft recommendations is scheduled to take place between August 2018 and October 2018. Once the Commission has considered the representations and evidence as part of that consultation, it intends to publish final recommendations in November 2018.

New electoral arrangements for the city are scheduled to come into effect at the City Council elections in 2019.

Further details about the review are available at

Please note that the electoral review of Carlisle City Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.

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