The Boundary Committee for England has published its draft recommendations for future electoral arrangements in West Sussex. A consultation process, lasting until 25 August, has now begun to hear the views of those who wish to have their say on the changes.
The Boundary Committee’s draft recommendations propose that West Sussex County Council be made up of 71 divisions, each represented by a single councillor. To find out more about the proposals, visit the electoral reviews page on our website.
Max Caller, Chair of the Boundary Committee, said: “Our recommendations take into account the interests and identities of local communities across West Sussex while providing for ‘electoral equality’. That means all councillors across West Sussex representing approximately the same number of electors. I urge anyone wishing to submit their views at this stage to let the Boundary Committee know what they feel the impact of the recommendations will be on their community and if they think it can be improved.”
West Sussex County Council requested an electoral review as it is looking to move to single-member divisions in the area covered by the County Council. This means that each electoral area would be represented by just one county councillor. The review does not affect the electoral arrangements of any of the district or borough councils in West Sussex.
The review is likely to conclude in autumn 2008 when the Boundary Committee makes its final recommendations to the Electoral Commission.
The Committee needs as much clear and well-argued evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for West Sussex County Council. If you would like to make a submission to the Boundary Committee, please write to:
The Electoral Review of West Sussex
The Boundary Committee
30 Great Peter Street
London SW1P 2HW
For further information contact:
Gareth Nicholson on 020 7271 0638
outside office hours: 07789 920414
Notes to editors:
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. West Sussex County Council currently has eight two-member electoral divisions.
3. The County Council requested the Electoral Commission to direct the Boundary Committee to undertake a review under section 14A of the Local Government Act 1992, under which there is a presumption in favour of single-member electoral areas.,
4. Further guidance on responding to a Boundary Committee consultation is available on the website http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/boundary-reviews