The Buckinghamshire (Borough of Milton Keynes) (Structural Change) Order 1995

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Published: 1995-07-11

Statutory Instruments
1995 No. 1769

LOCAL GOVERNMENT, ENGLAND AND WALES
The Buckinghamshire (Borough of Milton Keynes) (Structural Change) Order 1995

Made
11th July 1995

Coming into force

For the purposes of articles 2(2), 4, 6(1), (3) and (4) and 9 to 12
12th July 1995

For all other purposes
1st April 1997

Whereas the Local Government Commission for England, acting pursuant to section 15(4) of the Local Government Act 1992(1), has submitted to the Secretary of State a report on its review of the county of Buckinghamshire together with its recommendations:
And whereas the Secretary of State has decided to give effect, with modifications, to the recommendations in respect of the borough of Milton Keynes(2):

Now, therefore, the Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by sections 17(3), 18(3)(a) and 26 of the Local Government Act 1992, and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, hereby makes the following Order, a draft of which has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament:

PART IGENERAL

Citation and commencement

1.  This Order may be cited as the Buckinghamshire (Borough of Milton Keynes) (Structural Change) Order 1995 and shall come into force for the purposes of articles 2(2), 4, 6(1), (3) and (4), and 9 to 12 on the day after the day on which it is made, and for all other purposes on 1st April 1997.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In this Order–

“the Act” means the Local Government Act 1992;

“the 1972 Act” means the Local Government Act 1972(4);

“Buckinghamshire” means the non-metropolitan county of Buckinghamshire and “the County Council” means the council of that county;

“Milton Keynes” (except in references to the county of Milton Keynes) means the borough of Milton Keynes and “the Milton Keynes Council” means the council of that borough;

“the relevant date” means 6th May 1996;

“relevant provision” means a provision in any subordinate legislation made under the Act or made, in connection with the Act or such provision, under any other enactment;

“the reorganisation date” means 1st April 1997; and

“subordinate legislation” has the same meaning as in section 21 of the Interpretation Act 1978(5).

(2) The period beginning with the relevant date and ending immediately before the reorganisation date is specified as the preliminary period for the purposes of any statutory instrument made under the Act.

PART IILOCAL GOVERNMENT REORGANISATION IN MILTON KEYNES

Structural change

3.  The functions of the County Council in relation to Milton Keynes shall, subject to the following provisions of this Part and to any other relevant provision, be transferred to the Milton Keynes Council.

Thames Valley Police Authority

4.—(1) In this article, “the 1964 Act” means the Police Act 1964(6).

(2) For the purposes of the functions to which this article applies–

(a)sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 27 of Schedule 1B to the 1964 Act (meaning of “relevant council”)(7) shall have effect as from 1st October 1996 as if Milton Keynes had ceased to form part of Buckinghamshire on that date; and

(b)accordingly, the appointments which are required to be made to the Thames Valley Police Authority (as established under section 3 of the 1964 Act) (“the Authority”)(8) by paragraph 2(2) of that Schedule (appointments of members of police authority by joint committee appointed by relevant councils) shall be made, as soon as practicable after that date, by a joint committee appointed by the County Councils of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and the Milton Keynes Council (as relevant councils) in accordance with that provision.

(3) The functions to which this article applies are–

(a)on and after the reorganisation date, all functions of the Authority; and

(b)before that date (but on and after 1st October 1996), the following functions of the Authority in respect of the financial year beginning on the reorganisation date–

(i)functions under Chapter IV of Part I of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (precepts)(9), and

(ii)functions under sections 4A (local policing objectives) and 4B (local policing plans) of the 1964 Act(10).

(4) For the purposes of the functions referred to in paragraph (3)(b) above–

(a)section 28(2)(b) of the Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994 (approval of decisions about precepts) shall have effect as though the reference to the members of the police authority appointed under paragraph 2 of Schedule 1B to the 1964 Act was a reference to the members so appointed by virtue of paragraph (2) above; and

(b)the members of the Authority appointed under paragraph 2 of that Schedule otherwise than by virtue of paragraph (2) above shall not participate in the discharge of those functions.

(5) In the exercise of its powers, the joint committee referred to in paragraph (2)(b) above–

(a)shall, for the purposes of paragraph 4(1)(b) of Schedule 1B to the 1964 Act, ignore any member of the County Council elected for an electoral division in Milton Keynes(11); and

(b)shall not appoint any such member to the Authority under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 1B to the 1964 Act.

(6) A member of the Authority who was appointed under paragraph 2 of Schedule 1B to the 1964 Act otherwise than by virtue of paragraph (2) above and who is not subsequently so appointed shall cease to hold office as a member of the Authority on the reorganisation date.

(7) In determining the period of a term of years for the purpose of paragraph 17 of Schedule 1B to the 1964 Act (term of appointment of members of a police authority), any period as a member of the Authority prior to the reorganisation date under an appointment made by virtue of paragraph (2) above shall be disregarded except where the person in question had been a member of the Authority by virtue of an appointment under paragraph 2 of that Schedule prior to his appointment by virtue of paragraph (2) above.

Amendment of Schedule 1A to the Police Act 1964

5.  Schedule 1A to the Police Act 1964(12) shall be amended by inserting after the words “and Oxfordshire” in the right-hand column opposite the name of the Thames Valley police areas the words “and the non-metropolitan district of Milton Keynes”.

Fire services

6.—(1) In this article–“the 1947 Act” means the Fire Services Act 1947(13); and

“the relevant area” means the area comprising Buckinghamshire (as constituted on and after the reorganisation date) and Milton Keynes.

(2) Milton Keynes shall, subject to any combination scheme under the 1947 Act, become the area of a fire authority for the purposes of that Act.

(3) For the purposes of the making of a combination scheme with respect to the relevant area before the reorganisation date in accordance with section 10 of the 1947 Act (power to make schemes in advance of alterations to local government areas), section 5(2) of that Act shall have effect, in relation to that area, as if–

(a)in paragraphs (a) and (d) of that subsection, for “the constituent authorities”, wherever those words occur, there were substituted “the council of the county of Buckinghamshire”; and

(b)in paragraphs (e) and (f) of that subsection, for “any of the constituent authorities” there were substituted “the council of the county of Buckinghamshire”.

(4) Section 10 of the 1947 Act shall have effect, in relation to the relevant area, as if after the word “but” there were inserted the words “, except so far as it relates to the constitution of an authority as the fire authority for the combined area constituted by the scheme and the performance by that authority of any functions necessary for bringing the scheme into full operation on that date,”.

Planning functions

7.—(1) The structure plan applying immediately before the reorganisation date to Buckinghamshire and any proposals prepared before that date for the alteration or replacement of any such plan shall be treated as if they had been prepared jointly by the County Council and the Milton Keynes Council; and section 50 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990(14) (“the 1990 Act”) shall apply accordingly.

(2) In relation to the Milton Keynes Council–

(a)section 36(5) of the 1990 Act (which provides that a local plan shall not contain policies in respect of minerals or waste) shall not apply;

(b)subsection (1) of section 37 of that Act (minerals local plans) shall have effect as if, after the words “local plan”, there were added the words “or include in their local plan their detailed policies in respect of development consisting of the winning and working of minerals or involving the deposit of mineral waste”; and

(c)subsection (2) of section 38 of that Act (waste policies) shall have effect as if, after paragraph (b), there were added the following–

“or

(c)include their waste policies in their local plan.”.

Constitution of new county of Milton Keynes

8.—(1) Milton Keynes shall cease to form part of Buckinghamshire.

(2) A new county shall be constituted comprising the area of Milton Keynes and shall be named the county of Milton Keynes.

(3) Section 2(1) of the 1972 Act (which provides that every county shall have a council) shall not apply in relation to the county of Milton Keynes.

PART IIITRANSITIONAL PROVISION

Electoral areas in Milton Keynes

9.—(1) On 1st May 1996 the existing wards of Milton Keynes(15) shall be abolished and the said area shall be divided into twenty-four wards which shall bear the names set out in column (1) of Schedule 1 to this Order.

(2) The wards shall comprise the areas respectively described in column (2) of Schedule 1 and the number of councillors to be elected for each ward shall be the number specified in respect of the ward in column (3) of that Schedule.

Election of councillors in Milton Keynes

10.—(1) The whole number of councillors of Milton Keynes Council shall be elected at the ordinary elections of councillors in 1996.

(2) The councillors holding office for any ward in the borough immediately before the relevant date shall retire on that date and the newly elected councillors shall come into office on that date.

(3) Subject to the provisions in this article, the election of councillors shall be by thirds.

(4) The order of retirement of the councillors elected in 1996 shall be as set out in Schedule 2 to this Order.

(5) Where the number of councillors elected in 1996 for any ward of the borough is two, the first to retire in that ward shall be, subject to paragraphs (7) and (8) below, the councillor elected by the smaller number of votes.

(6) Where the number of councillors elected in 1996 for any ward of the borough is three–

(a)one-third shall retire in 1998 being, subject to paragraphs (7) and (8) below, the councillor elected by the smallest number of votes;

(b)one-third shall retire in 1999 being, subject as aforesaid, the councillor elected by the next smallest number of votes;

(c)the remaining councillor shall retire in 2000.

(7) In the case of an equality of votes between any persons elected which makes it uncertain which of them is to retire in any such year, the person to retire in that year shall be determined by lot.

(8) If an election of councillors for any ward is not contested, the person to retire in each such year shall be determined by lot.

(9) Where under this article any question is to be determined by lot, the lot shall be drawn at the next practicable meeting of the council after the question has arisen, and the drawing shall be conducted under the direction of the person presiding at the meeting.

(10) Except as otherwise provided in the foregoing paragraphs of this article, the term of office of councillors shall be four years, and all councillors shall retire on the fourth day after the ordinary day of election of councillors of the borough in the year of retirement, and the newly elected councillors shall come into office on the day on which their predecessors retire.

(11) The ordinary elections of parish councillors for any parish or ward of a parish situated in the Bradwell and Olney wards of the borough shall take place in 1996 and thereafter ordinary elections shall take place every fourth year.

(12) Parish councillors holding office in any parish or ward of a parish referred to in the foregoing paragraph before the ordinary election of parish councillors in 1996 shall retire on the fourth day after that election, and the newly elected councillors shall come into office on the day on which their predecessors retire.

Revocation

11.  With effect from 2nd May 1996, the Borough of Milton Keynes (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1976(16) is revoked.

Retirement of councillors

12.—(1) The electoral divisions of Buckinghamshire comprised in Milton Keynes shall cease to be electoral divisions on the reorganisation date; and any person holding office, immediately before that date, as a councillor for such a division shall retire on that date(17).

(2) Section 89 of the 1972 Act (filling of casual vacancies in case of councillors) shall have effect–

(a)in the case of a casual vacancy occurring in the office of councillor of the Milton Keynes Council during the period beginning with the date on which this article comes into force and ending with the relevant date, as if the reference in subsection (3) of that section to the day on which the councillor whose office is vacant would regularly have retired were a reference to the relevant date; and

(b)in the case of a casual vacancy occurring in the office of councillor for any electoral division described in paragraph (1) above, as if that reference in that subsection were a reference to the reorganisation date.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State

David Curry
Minister of State,
Department of the Environment
11th July 1995

Article 9

SCHEDULE 1WARDS OF MILTON KEYNES; NAMES, AREAS AND NUMBER OF COUNCILLORS

(1)
(2)
(3)

Name of ward

Description of area of ward(18)
Number of councillors

Campbell Park

Woolstone-Cum-Willen Parish

Ward 1

Ward 2

Ward 3

Ward 4

Ward 5

3

Emerson Valley

Shenley Brook End Parish

Ward 1

2

Furzton

Shenley Brook End Parish

Ward 2

Furzton

2

Loughton Park

Shenley Church End Parish

Central Milton Keynes

Loughton Parish

3

Stony Stratford

Wolverton

Stony Stratford

Wolverton

New Bradwell

2

3

Bradwell

Bradwell Parish

Ward 1

Ward 2

Ward 3

2

Stantonbury

Stantonbury Parish

Ward 1

Ward 2

Ward 3

2

Bradwell Abbey

Bradwell Abbey Parish

Ward 1

Ward 2

2

Whaddon

Whaddon

Newton (polling district QC)

2

Eaton Manor

Manor Farm (part)

Eaton

2

Denbigh

Church Green

Denbigh

Newton (polling districts QA, QB)

3

Fenny Stratford

Manor Farm (part)

Fenny Stratford

2

Walton Park

Walton Parish

Milton Keynes & Broughton Parishes

3

Woughton

Woughton on the Green Parish

Ward 1

Ward 2

Ward 3

Ward 4

Ward 5

Ward 6

Ward 7

3

Linford South

Great Linford Parish

Ward 2

Ward 3

Ward 4

Ward 7

2

Linford North

Great Linford Parish

Ward 1

Ward 5

Ward 6

2

Danesborough

Little Brickhill Parish

Bow Brickhill Parish

Wavendon Parish

Woburn Sands Parish

2

Hanslope Park

Haversham-Cum-Little Linford Parish

Castlethorpe Parish

Hanslope Parish

1

Sherington

Moulsoe Parish

North Crawley Parish

Gayhurst Parish

Chicheley Parish

Sherington Parish

Lathbury Parish

Stoke Goldington Parish

1

Ouse Valley

Tyringham with Filgrave

Warrington Parish

Lavendon Parish

Cold Brayfield Parish

Clifton Reynes Parish

Newton Blossomville Parish

Emberton Parish

Hardmead Parish

Astwood Parish

1

Olney

Olney Parish

Weston Underwood Parish

Ravenstone Parish

2

Newport Pagnell North
Newport Pagnell Parish North Ward
2

Newport Pagnell South
Newport Pagnell Parish South Ward
2

Article 10(4)

SCHEDULE 2ORDER OF RETIREMENT OF COUNCILLORS

Name of Ward
Number of Councillors to retire in 1998
Number of Councillors to retire in 1999
Number of Councillors to retire in 2000

Campbell Park
1
1
1

Emerson Valley
1
1
0

Furzton
1
1
0

Loughton Park
1
1
1

Stony Stratford
0
1
1

Wolverton
1
1
1

Bradwell
1
0
1

Stantonbury
0
1
1

Bradwell Abbey
1
0
1

Whaddon
1
0
1

Eaton Manor
1
0
1

Denbigh
1
1
1

Fenny Stratford
1
1
0

Walton Park
1
1
1

Woughton
1
1
1

Linford South
0
1
1

Linford North
0
1
1

Danesborough
1
1
0

Hanslope Park
0
1
0

Sherington
0
1
0

Ouse Valley
0
1
0

Olney
1
0
1

Newport Pagnell North
1
0
1

Newport Pagnell South
1
0
1

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)
This Order gives effect to recommendations by the Local Government Commission for England in respect of the county of Buckinghamshire insofar as they relate to the structure of local government in the borough of Milton Keynes (“Milton Keynes”).
Article 3 effects the structural change by providing for the transfer, on 1st April 1997, of the functions of the Buckinghamshire County Council in relation to Milton Keynes to the council of that borough.
Articles 4 and 5 make provision in respect of the Thames Valley Police Authority.
Article 6 makes provision for the purposes of subordinate legislation to be made under the Fire Services Act 1947 in respect of fire services in Milton Keynes.
Article 7 makes provision in relation to the Buckinghamshire structure plan and to enable the local plan prepared by the council of Milton Keynes under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to contain minerals and waste policies.
Article 8 provides for Milton Keynes to cease to form part of Buckinghamshire on 1st April 1997, and for a new country of Milton Keynes to be constituted on that date (but without a county council).
Article 9 and Schedule 1 provide for new electoral areas for Milton Keynes for elections from May 1996. The new wards are shown on the 3 maps prepared by the Department of the Environment, marked “Maps of the Buckinghamshire (Borough of Milton Keynes) (Structural Change) Order 1995”.
Those maps may be inspected at all reasonable times at the offices of the Secretary of State for the Environment, 2, Marsham Street, London SW1P 3EB, and at the offices of Milton Keynes Borough Council and Buckinghamshire County Council.
Article 10 and Schedule 2 makes provision for a whole council election in Milton Keynes in 1996, and for election by thirds thereafter.
Article 11 makes provision to revoke an existing electoral arrangements order in respect of Milton Keynes.
Article 12 provides for the retirement, on 1st April 1997, of existing county councillors elected for areas included in Milton Keynes. It also makes provision in respect of casual vacancies in the office of a councillor who, by virtue of the Order, would retire before the day he would regularly have retired.


(1)
1992 c. 19.

(2)
Section 245 of the 1972 Act enables district councils to petition Her Majesty for the grant of borough status. The non-metropolitan district of Milton Keynes has been granted that status.

(3)
As amended by sub-sections 39(4) and (5) of the Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994 c. 29

(4)
1972 c. 70.

(5)
1978 c. 30.

(6)
1964 c. 48.

(7)
Schedule 1B was inserted by section 3(2) of, and Schedule 2 to, the Police and Magistrates’s Courts Act 1994 (c. 29) (“the 1994 Act”).

(8)
Section 3 was substituted by section 2 of the 1994 Act.

(9)
1992 c. 14; section 39 of that Act was amended by section 27(1) of the 1994 Act.

(10)
Sections 4A and 4B were inserted by section 4 of the 1994 Act.

(11)
See article 12(1) of this Order.

(12)
Schedule 1A was inserted by Schedule 1 to the 1994 Act.

(13)
1947 c. 41; section 10 of this Act is amended by paragraph 2 of Schedule 3 to the Local Government Act 1992.

(14)
1990 c. 8. In this Act, sections 36 to 38 were substituted by paragraph 17 of Schedule 4 to the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 (c. 34) and section 50 was amended by paragraph 24 of that Schedule.

(15)
As set out in the Borough of Milton Keynes (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1976 (S.I. 1976/284).

(16)
S.I. 1976/284.

(17)
The electoral divisions of the county of Buckinghamshire are constituted by the County of Buckinghamshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1983 (S.I. 1983/1529).

(18)
The new wards comprise the areas, or parts of the areas, of existing district wards, the areas of existing parishes and the areas of existing parish wards.
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