The Kent (Borough of Gillingham and City of Rochester-upon- Medway) (Structural Change) Order 1996
18th July 1996
Constitution of a new District of the Medway Towns
-A new district of the Medway Towns shall be constituted and shall comprise the areas of the existing Kent districts of Gillingham and Rochester.
-There shall be a new non-metropolitan district council for the district of the Medway Towns.
-The functions of the county council in relation to the districts of Gillingham and Rochester shall, be transferred to the Medway Towns Council.
Constitution of New County of the Medway Towns
-The District of the Medway Towns shall cease to form part of Kent.
Existing Local Government Areas
-The existing districts of Gillingham and Rochester shall be abolished.
Electoral Areas in the Medway Towns
-The District of the Medway Towns shall be divided into 34 wards, which shall comprise the areas and bear the names of the wards described in the Borough of Gillingham order 1976 and the Borough of Medway Order 1976. Each ward shall be represented by two councillors.
Signed by authority; David Curry. Minister of State, Department of Environment.
Medway is a conurbation* and unitary authority**, constituted under the Local Government Act 1992***. Following the structural review the commission then reviewed electoral arrangements in English local authorities, rewarding**** based on population changes. The Boundary Committee for England was a statutory committee, abolished in 2010, with functions assumed by a new Local Government Boundary Commission*****, The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009.****** Continue reading “An overly annotated, abridged, potted internet history of the Medway Unitary Authority”