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Mansfield residents asked for views on ward boundary recommendations

30th March 2010

Mansfield residents asked for views on ward boundary recommendations

26th March 2010

The independent Boundary Committee for England is asking people in Mansfield to comment on proposed new local electoral arrangements for Mansfield District Council.

The Committee’s review decides how many councillors should sit on the Council and establishes boundaries for its wards. The Committee’s draft recommendations, published today, include maps of the proposed new wards that each councillor would represent. The recommendations should be available at council buildings and libraries, or online at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk

The Committee is publishing for consultation recommendations for 36 single-member wards. The Committee has also published draft names for each of the wards.

Max Caller, Chair of the Boundary Committee, said: “Having fair electoral boundaries for your council is important. Our reviews aim at ensuring electoral equality, meaning that each councillor should represent a similar number of people.”

“The information that people and organisations in Mansfield sent us in our consultation last year has informed our draft recommendations. Now we want people to tell us what they feel the impact of the recommendations will be on their community, whether they think the recommendations can be improved and, if so, how.”

Your ward should be a realistic reflection of your community area. We want people to tell us whether the boundaries we’ve drawn make sense. Rivers, roads and railways make effective boundaries but it’s not always that clear cut. We’re also interested in views on our proposed ward names. For convenience, they shouldn’t be too long, but they should reflect the area of the ward and they should mean something to the people who live there.”

The Committee wants to hear as much clear and well-argued evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Mansfield District Council. If you would like to make a submission to the Boundary Committee, please write by 11 June 2010 to:

The Boundary Committee for England (Mansfield review)
Trevelyan House
30 Great Peter Street
London SW1P 2HW
Or email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk
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For further information contact:

Communications Manager at press@lgbce.org.uk  

Notes to editors:

  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. Further guidance on responding to a Boundary Committee consultation is available on the website http://www.boundarycommittee.org.uk.  
  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 from its vesting day on 1 April 2010. 
  5. A table of proposed new electoral wards for Mansfield can be found here.

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