The independent Boundary Committee for England has begun the first round of public consultation on electoral reviews in Stoke-on-Trent, Mansfield, Central Bedfordshire and Bedford.
The reviews, which are aimed at deciding the right number of councillors to sit on the council and the name, number and area of the electoral wards, includes three rounds of public consultation. This first period starts today and lasts for six weeks, ending on 14 September 2009.
At this stage, the Committee is consulting locally to help it decide how many councillors the council should have. Later in the year, it will ask for views on what areas those councillors should represent.
Anyone wishing to submit their views at this stage should let the Committee know what they think might be the most appropriate number of councillors for their council and why. The Committee needs as much clear and well-argued evidence as possible in order to reach conclusions.
Max Caller, Chair of the Boundary Committee, said: “We want to make sure that the electoral arrangements for the council work best for all of its residents. In order to make a decision on council size, the Committee will need to look at the role that councillors play in the council, the political management structure of the authority, and the way in which the council plans to engage with local communities. “
Further information on electoral reviews and guidance on what sort of information the Committee is looking for should be available at local authorities and in your local library. Alternatively, visit the Boundary Committee website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk and click on ‘about electoral reviews’.
The review is likely to conclude in spring 2010 when the Boundary Committee makes its final recommendations.
To have your say, please write to:
The Review Officer
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