Residents of Basingstoke and Deane are being urged to have their say on proposed changes to local warding arrangements put forward by the Boundary Committee for England today. If given the go-ahead, the recommendations could see significant changes to current local warding arrangements, with proposals for six single-member, 18 two-member and six three-member wards.
The Boundary Committee is appealing for people to write in with their views, whether they agree with the proposals or not, to help the Committee make the best possible decision for local residents. People have from today until 21 May to write to the Committee, which may change some or all of the proposals, depending on the responses received during the consultation period.
Commenting on the draft recommendations, Boundary Committee Chair, Pamela Gordon, said:
Our review is intended to ensure there is fairer electoral representation for all residents in Basingstoke and Deane. For example, Popley West and Rooksdown wards have, at present, 32 per cent and 55 per cent fewer electors than the borough average.
Its vital that we hear the views of residents as to what they think is the best course of action for their electoral wards and council size. We want to ensure that, as far as possible, each persons vote has the same value as anothers, without disrupting community identities. I hope that all those affected by our proposals will write in and tell us what they think.
Copies of the report are available from the Committees website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk and will be available for reference at council offices and in public libraries.
Anyone wishing to make representations to the Committee on its draft recommendations should do so in writing no later than 21 May 2007 to: Review Manager (Basingstoke & Deane), The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW. All representations will be available for inspection (including the names and addresses of respondents unless otherwise specified), by appointment, at the Committees offices and copies will be available at the offices of the relevant local authority. Copies of all representations will also be available to be viewed on the Committees website. A list of respondents is also available on request from the Committee.
For further information contact:
Anna McGlynn on 020 7271 0530 or Niamh Mulholland on 020 7271 0531
Out of office hours 07789 920 414
Notes to editors:
1. PDFs of maps are available on The Boundary Committees website www.boundarycommittee.org.uk. For copyright permission, contact Ordnance Surveys help line on 023 8030 5092.
2. The present review of Basingstoke & Deane began on 6 September 2005.
3. The Boundary Committee undertook an earlier stage of consultation on a reduction in the number of councillors to be elected in Basingstoke & Deane, ending in November 2006. It decided against a proposal to reduce the number of councillors to 30.
4. The Boundary Committee for England is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.