The Local Government (Boundaries) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

Document Number:2006 No. 1253 (N.I. 8)
Coming into force:Coming into force on the 17/05/2006
 
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Statutory Instruments

NORTHERN IRELAND

Made

9 th May 2006

Coming into operation in accordance with Article 1(2) to (4)

At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 9 th day of May 2006

Present,

The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty in Council

Whereas a draft of this Order in Council has been approved by resolution of each House of Parliament:

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, in exercise of the powers conferred by paragraph 1(1) of the Schedule to the Northern Ireland Act 2000 (c. 1) and of all other powers enabling Her in that behalf, is pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, to order, and it is hereby ordered, as follows:–

Title and commencement

  1. (1) This Order may be cited as the Local Government (Boundaries) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

    (2) Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4) , this Order comes into operation one week after the date on which it is made.

    (3) Article 3 comes into operation—

    (a) for the purposes of enabling the Department and the Local Government Boundaries Commissioner to perform their functions under section 50 of, and Schedule 4 to, the principal Act (as substituted by Article 4) , one week after the date on which this Order is made;

    (b) for other purposes on such date or dates as the Department may by order appoint.

    (4) Article 5(1) and the repeal, by Article 5(5) and Schedule 2 , of the Local Government Boundaries Act (Northern Ireland) 1971 (c. 9) come into operation on such date or dates as the Department may by order appoint.

    (5) An order under this Article may contain such transitional or transitory provisions and such savings as appear to the Department to be necessary or expedient.

    Interpretation

  2. (1) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 (c. 33) applies to this Order as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

    (2) In this Order—

    “the Department” means the Department of the Environment;

    “the principal Act” means the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 (c. 9).

    (3) Expressions used in this Order and in the principal Act have the same meaning in this Order as in that Act.

    Local government districts and wards

  3. (1) For the purposes of local government, Northern Ireland shall be divided into 7 districts (to be known as “local government districts”).

    (2) The 7 local government districts shall incorporate, respectively, the whole or the major part of the following former local government districts—

  4. Antrim; Carrickfergus; Lisburn City; Newtownabbey.

  5. Ards; Castlereagh; Down; North Down.

  6. Armagh City and District; Banbridge; Craigavon; Newry and Mourne.

  7. Ballymena; Ballymoney; Coleraine; Larne; Moyle.

  8. Belfast.

  9. Cookstown; Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough; Fermanagh; Omagh.

  10. Derry; Limavady; Magherafelt; Strabane.

    (3) Each local government district shall be divided into wards.

    (4) The boundaries and names of the local government districts and the number, boundaries and names of the wards into which each of those districts is divided shall be such as are prescribed by an order made under section 50(10) of the principal Act.

    (5) Reference in paragraph (2) to a former local government district is to that district as constituted on the date on which this Order is made.

    Local Government Boundaries Commissioner

  11. (1) For section 50 of the principal Act substitute—

    “50. Local government boundaries

    (1) The Department shall appoint a Local Government Boundaries Commissioner—

    (a) in the year 2006; and

    (b) thereafter, during the period not less than 8 or more than 12 years from the date of the submission under subsection (6) of the final report of the last previous Commissioner appointed under this subsection.

    (2) The function of a Commissioner appointed under subsection (1)(a) shall be to make recommendations regarding—

    (a) the boundaries and names of the 7 districts mentioned in Article 3 of the Local Government (Boundaries) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006; and

    (b) the number, boundaries and names of the wards into which each district is to be divided.

    (3) The function of a Commissioner appointed under subsection (1)(b) shall be to review, and make recommendations regarding —

    (a) the number, boundaries and names of local government districts; and

    (b) the number, boundaries and names of the wards into which each district is divided.

    (4) Where, at a time when no Commissioner stands appointed under subsection (1)–

    (a) proposals are made to the Department by a council–

    (i) for altering the boundaries of the district of that council, or

    (ii) for altering the number of wards into which that district is divided or the boundaries of any of those wards;

    (b) proposals are made to the Department by more than one council for the union of the districts of those councils; or

    (c) the Department has itself prepared any such proposal as is mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) ,

    the Department may appoint a Local Government Boundaries Commissioner to consider the proposals and make recommendations.

    (5) Part I of Schedule 4 shall have effect with respect to a Local Government Boundaries Commissioner, and such a Commissioner shall—

    (a) regulate his procedure in accordance with Part II of that Schedule; and

    (b) make his recommendations in accordance with Part III of that Schedule.

    (6) A Local Government Boundaries Commissioner appointed under subsection (1) or (4) shall submit a final report to the...

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