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Published: Thursday, 02nd December 2021

New electoral ward boundaries for Oldham from 2023

In November 2021 the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England published its final recommendations report for new electoral arrangements for Oldham Council.

Electoral reviews are carried out to see whether the boundaries of wards within a local authority need to be altered to ensure effective local government and electoral equality. Electoral equality is achieved when all councillors represent roughly the same number of electors.

Oldham Council had not previously been reviewed since 2003 and the Commission decided that it should review Oldham in advance of the elections in 2023.

The Commission has decided that Oldham should have 60 councillors representing 20 three-councillor wards across the borough. The boundaries of 17 wards should change, while three wards will stay the same.

The Commission asked for public views in two rounds of consultation during 2021. Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are very grateful to people in Oldham. 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.”

Changes in response to what local people said include retaining the Busk area in Coldhurst ward rather than including it in Chadderton Central ward. Local people argued that the area has strong links to Coldhurst, an argument the Commission accepted.

The proposed new arrangements must now be approved by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the New Year. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2023.

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on:

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