The Boundary Committee for England has published its draft recommendations for new electoral arrangements in Wiltshire. 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 the new unitary authority should consist of 98 councillors. The aim is for the new arrangements to be in place for elections in May 2009. To find out more about the proposals, visit the electoral reviews page of our website.
The review, which began in February 2008, is being carried out to ensure that the new unitary authority, which takes on all local government functions for Wiltshire in April 2009, has appropriate electoral arrangements. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government decided that Wiltshire County Council and the four district councils in the county should be replaced from 1 April 2009 by a new single unitary council covering the whole of the county.
Max Caller, Chair of the Boundary Committee, said: “Our recommendations take into account the interests and identities of local communities across Wiltshire while providing for ‘electoral equality’. That means all councillors across Wiltshire 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.”
The Committee wants to hear as much clear and well-argued evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Wiltshire’s new unitary authority. If you would like to make a submission to the Boundary Committee, please write to:
The Electoral Review of Wiltshire
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. Further guidance on responding to a Boundary Committee consultation is available on the website http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/boundary-reviews