The independent Boundary Committee for England has opened a further limited consultation period for Durham Council’s electoral arrangements to ensure local people get the most effective representation.
The consultation, which will end on 26 March 2010, calls for evidence in relation to seven specific areas:
• Chester-le-Street north
• Chester-le-Street south
• Tow Law and Crook
• City of Durham and its environs
• Great Aycliffe
• South east of the city of Durham
Archie Gall, Director of the Boundary Committee, said: "We’re very pleased with the response we’ve had to our draft recommendations for Co Durham. It’s given us lots to think about. But before taking final decisions we're looking for more information and views on these specific areas so that our final recommendations strike the right balance between reflecting community identities and achieving equality of representation for residents.
“Having fair electoral boundaries is important. They ensure that every voter in Co Durham, wherever they live in the county, has a vote of the same weight when it comes to the election of councillors.”
The Committee will be writing to everyone who responded to its draft recommendations consultation in the areas concerned to make them aware of the new consultation. Detailed information is available on the Committee’s website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk and click on ‘About electoral reviews’ and go to the Durham review.
To have your say, please write to:
The Review Officer (Durham)
The Boundary Committee for England
30 Great Peter Street
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gareth Nicholson on 020 7271 0638
outside office hours: 07789 920414
1. The Boundary Committee for England is the independent body 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. As the structure of local government in Durham has changed, the Boundary Committee is undertaking a review of electoral arrangements in the county to ensure there are fair arrangements in place for elections to the new Council
3. On 15 July 2008, the Boundary Committee for England began the first round of public consultation in the review of local government electoral arrangements for the new Durham unitary authority. Draft recommendations were published in 15 September 2009 following which there was a 12 week period of consultation which ended on 7 December 2009.
4. The Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 provides for the separation of the Boundary Committee for England from the Electoral Commission and its establishment as a separate body, to be called the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE). The LGBCE will take forward work on all ongoing Boundary Committee electoral reviews.