FINAL recommendations for Oxford City Council wards have been published.

They will mean changes for all but three of the council's wards.

After concerns by residents in North Oxford, proposals for Wolvercote and Cutteslowe have been altered.

While Barton's name will be amended to Barton and Sandhills, in order to better reflect the ward.

The recommendations have been the subject of three rounds of public consultation and include new boundaries for 21 city council wards across Oxford.


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The Local Government Boundary Commission for England said it supported the current policy of there being 48 city councillors, with each ward being represented by two members.

In other changes, residents in Rewley Park said they should be included in Jericho ward because of community ties. The commission has changed arrangements to ensure that is now the case.

Proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament.

Changes will be finalised over the next few months.


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Professor Colin Mellors, the commission's chairman, said: “We are extremely grateful to people across Oxford who took part in the review.

"The commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.

“We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout Oxford.”

All planned changes regarding the new boundaries will be implemented the next time the city council holds its next round of elections in 2020.