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Have your say on ward boundaries for the new Somerset West and Taunton Council

3rd July 2018

Have your say on ward boundaries for the new Somerset West and Taunton Council

 

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people to comment on plans for council ward boundaries across Somerset’s newest local authority.

 

In May, the government confirmed that West Somerset and Taunton Deane District Councils should merge to form a new local authority. The Commission’s consultation now proposes ward boundaries to be used to elect councillors in the new Somerset West and Taunton Council.

 

The consultation runs until 27 August 2018 and is open to anyone who is interested how they will be represented by the new council.

 

The Commission proposes that the council should have 59 councillors in total. The Commission has also drawn up seventeen one-councillor wards, twelve two-councillor wards and six three-councillor wards.

 

The new wards and boundaries will come into effect at the first election for the authority in May 2019.

 

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for ward boundaries for the new Somerset West and Taunton Council and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

 

“Over the next eight weeks, we are asking people and organisations to tell us if they agree with the wards we have drawn or if not, how they can be improved. 

 

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

 

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.

 

map

 

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

 

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

 

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations. Anyone wishing to make a submission to the Commission should write or email by 27 August 2018.

 

By post:

 

The Review Officer (Somerset West and Taunton)

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

1st floor, Windsor House

50 Victoria Street

London

SW1H 0TL

 

Email: [email protected]

 

Give us your views online: consultation.lgbce.org.uk

 

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Ends

 

Key to map:

 

 

1.         Alcombe

2.         Bishop's Hull & Comeytrowe

3.         Blackbrook & Holway

4.         Brendons & Wiveliscombe

5.         Cotford St Luke & Oake

6.         Creech & Durston

7.         Creechbarrow

8.         Dulverton & District

9.         Exmoor

10.       Hatch & Blackdown

11.       Milverton & District

12.       Minehead Central

13.       Minehead North

14.       Minehead South

15.       Monument

16.       North Curry & District

17.       North Town

18.       Norton Fitzwarren & Staplegrove

19.       Old Cleeve & District

20.       Porlock & District

21.       Priorswood

22.       Quantock Vale

23.       Rockwell Green

24.       South Quantock

25.       Tangier

26.       Trull & Pitminster

27.       Victoria

28.       Vivary East

29.       Vivary West

30.       Watchet & Williton

31.       Wellington East

32.       Wellington North

33.       Wellington South

34.       Wellsprings and Rowbarton

35.       West Monkton & Cheddon Fitzpaine

 

 

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 types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:
  • Do the proposed wards reflect local communities?
  • How do you think the proposals can be improved whilst maintaining electoral equality?
  • Are the names of the proposed wards right?
  1. Residents have from 3 July 2018 until 27 August 2018 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Somerset West and Taunton District Council should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in October 2018. 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 2019.