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Have your say on new political map of Wiltshire

5th February 2019

 

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Wiltshire Council to comment on its draft proposals for new council division boundaries.

 

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Illustrate your story with a map of the recommendations. High res version available at: http://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/South%20West/Wiltshire/Wiltshire/Draft%20Recs/Wiltshire%20Outline%20No%20Labels.jpg 

 

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

 

A 10-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 15 April 2019. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council divisions, division boundaries and division names across Wiltshire.

 

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Wiltshire should have 98 councillors in future: this is no change from now. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent 98 one-councillor divisions across the council.

 

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.

 

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of divisions across Wiltshire and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

 

“Over the next 10 weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved. 

 

“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people, so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same, regardless of where you live.

 

“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Wiltshire and that the pattern of divisions can help the council deliver effective local government for local people.

 

“We will consider all the submissions we receive, whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole council or just a part of it.

 

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations for Wiltshire. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 15 April 2019.

 

The Review Officer (Wiltshire)

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

1st Floor, Windsor House

50 Victoria Street

London SW1H 0TL

 

Email: [email protected]

 

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Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal:

https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/14518

 

Link to the dedicated web page for the Wiltshire electoral review:

http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-west/wiltshire/wiltshire-unitary-authority-ua

 

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. The Commission is carrying out an electoral review of Wiltshire to deliver electoral equality for voters across the council in local elections. At present, some councillors represent many more, or many fewer, electors than their colleagues elsewhere in the council. The review aims to correct those imbalances.
  3. The types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:
  • Do the proposed divisions reflect local communities?
  • How do you think the proposals can be improved whilst maintaining electoral equality?
  • Are the names of the proposed divisions right?
  1. Residents have from 5 February until 15 April 2019 to have their say about where division boundaries for Wiltshire should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in July 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 May 2021.