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Extra chance to have say on council boundaries for Oxford

6th November 2018

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a new phase of public consultation in its review of Oxford City Council’s ward boundaries.

 

The consultation focuses on new proposals for ward boundaries in south east Oxford.

 

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Illustrate your story with a map of the recommendations. High res version available at: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/media/media-resources/south-east/oxford  

 

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018

 

Local people have until 4 December 2018 to have their say on the proposals before the Commission finalises its recommendations for new wards across the whole city.

 

In June, the Commission opened a public consultation on proposals for new ward boundaries across Oxford. In the south eastern part of the city, local people and groups commented that the Commission’s proposals divided the Florence Park community and that Rymers Lane would not be a strong or recognisable boundary between wards.

 

The Commission also received evidence during its consultation that the draft proposals would divide communities in the Charles Street, Howard Street and Percy Street area between wards. 

 

The Commission has listened to the views put to it during consultation and now proposes to make changes to the plans. Due to the significance of the proposed changes in south east Oxford, the Commission is opening an extra phase of consultation to see what local people think of the new recommendations in that area.

 

The consultation is limited to the Commission’s new proposals in south east Oxford. Details of the recommendations, including maps of the proposals, are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk and at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/11287.

 

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We listened carefully to all the views put to us in the previous consultation and have made significant changes to the original recommendations in the south eastern part of the city.

 

“We are now asking local people to log on to our website to tell us what they think about these proposals before we publish final recommendations for the whole city in February.”

 

Residents can have their say in writing:

 

The Review Officer (Oxford)

LGBCE

1st floor, Windsor House

50 Victoria Street

London SW1H 0TL

 

Or email: [email protected]

 

For further information contact:

Press Office: 0330 500 1250 / 1525

[email protected]

 

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Notes to editors:

 

1.    The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structures.

 

2.    Residents have from 6 November until 4 December 2018 to have their say about where ward boundaries in Oxford should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in February 2019. Once the Commission agrees its final recommendations it will lay a draft order in both Houses of Parliament.  Parliament will then have 40 days in which to consider the recommendations. If both Houses are satisfied with the recommendations, the draft order will be ‘made’ and the new wards will come into effect at the council elections in 2020.

 

3.    The Commission is satisfied that it has received sufficient evidence to finalise new ward boundaries for the rest of Oxford and aims to publish a full set of final recommendations for the council in February.