The independent Boundary Committee for England has announced its initial recommendation on council size for Mansfield District Council. Following a consultation held over the summer, the Committee has decided that a council size of 36, reduced from the current 46, will provide the basis for its next round of consultation, which starts on 20 October 2009.
The consultation, which will map out the number, boundaries and names of the electoral wards in the district, ends on 11 January 2010.
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 Mansfield’s residents. We’ve looked carefully at all the evidence and rationale we received in support of various council sizes: so far, it points towards a council of 36 members.“
“We’re now starting the second round of consultation in this review, and we’re asking people to submit evidence-based proposals for new ward boundaries within Mansfield to us. This stage of the consultation is designed to help us draw the map of what the council wards will look like. We need help from local people to do that, so we want to know what people think of as their community. We’ll consider carefully all evidence that is provided during the next stage of the process. At this stage, none of our decisions are final.”
Further information on electoral reviews and guidance on what sort of information the Committee is looking for should be available at Mansfield District Council, in your local library, or on the Boundary Committee’s website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk and click on ‘about electoral reviews’.
The review is likely to conclude in autumn 2010 when the Boundary Committee makes its final recommendations.
To have your say, please write to:
The Review Officer (Mansfield)
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 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. The main aim of an electoral review is to provide for ‘electoral equality’. That means each councillor representing approximately the same number of electors. The Boundary Committee must also have regard to community identity and interests and providing effective and convenient local government.
3. Mansfield District Council currently has a mixed pattern of wards being represented by two or three councillors. The Council asked the Boundary Committee to conduct a review of its electoral arrangements with a view to providing a pattern of single-member wards (i.e. wards represented by one councillor each).
4. Further guidance on responding to a Boundary Committee consultation is available on the website http://www.boundarycommittee.org.uk.