The independent Boundary Committee for England has published its draft recommendations for new electoral arrangements in Northumberland.
The review is being carried out to decide the number of councillors and the boundaries of electoral divisions for the new unitary authority which took on all local government functions for Northumberland in April 2009.
Max Caller, Chair of the Boundary Committee, said: “Having fair electoral boundaries is important. They ensure that every voter in Northumberland, wherever they live in the county, has a vote of the same weight when it comes to the election of councillors.”
“Earlier this year, we asked people and groups in Northumberland to tell us how many councillors the council should have and the areas that each councillor should represent. That information forms the basis of our draft recommendations, so that everyone can now look at our proposed boundaries. We want people to tell us what they feel the impact of the recommendations will be on their community and if they think they can be improved.”
The Committee wants to hear as much clear and well-argued evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Northumberland. If you would like to make a submission to the Boundary Committee, please write by 16 November 2009 to:
The Boundary Committee for England (Northumberland review)
30 Great Peter Street
London SW1P 2HW
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gareth Nicholson on 020 7271 0638
outside office hours: 07789 920414
1. The Boundary Committee for England is an independent organisation responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, and for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
2. Further guidance on responding to a Boundary Committee consultation is available on the website http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/boundary-reviews