The independent Boundary Committee for England is asking people in Durham to comment on proposals for new local electoral arrangements in the county.
The review will decide how many councillors should sit on Durham’s new unitary authority in future and will also establish new boundaries for the council’s electoral divisions. The Committee’s draft recommendations, published today, include maps of the proposed new divisions that each councillor will represent. The recommendations should be available at council buildings and libraries, or online at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk
Max Caller, Chair of the Boundary Committee, said: “Having fair electoral boundaries is important, especially given that the new unitary authority in Durham is only a few months old. They ensure that every voter in Durham, wherever they live in the county, will have a vote of the same weight when electing their councillors.”
“Earlier this year, we asked people and groups in Durham 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. Now we want people to tell us what they feel the impact of the recommendations will be on their community, if they think they can be improved, and what those changes should be.”
The Committee wants to hear as much clear and well-argued evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Durham. If you would like to make a submission to the Boundary Committee, please write by 7 December 2009 to:
The Boundary Committee for England (Durham 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. All maps and further guidance on responding to a Boundary Committee consultation is available on the website http://www.boundarycommittee.org.uk