Isle of Wight residents have just ten days left to make their representations to the Boundary Committee for England on the islands local government electoral arrangements.
As part of the electoral review, the Committee is asking Islanders to consider where ward boundaries should be placed. All residents, interested parties and associations have until Monday 4 June to provide the Committee with their comments.
The purpose of the review is to ensure that everyones vote is equal and where possible, every councillor represents the same number of electors. Currently, this is not the case in the Isle of Wight. For example, Gurnard ward has about 36% fewer electors per councillor than the average ward on the Isle of Wight. The Committee would like to address this imbalance and any other electoral issues across the island. The identities and interests of local communities in the area will also be taken into consideration when the Boundary Committee makes its recommendations.
The Committee wants to hear from Islanders on these issues and is inviting comments on the number, names and boundaries of the wards in the Isle of Wight. We are also asking Islanders to consider whether there should be any changes to the number of councillors currently being elected to the Isle of Wight Council. For the first time, the review may also recommend multi-member wards.
Anyone wishing to make representations to the Committee should do so by writing to: Review Manager (Isle of Wight), the Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW. The closing date for representations is 4 June. All views will be taken into account when the Committee drafts its recommendations, to be published in the summer.
Copies of all representations will be available for inspection at the offices of the Isle of Wight Council and by appointment at the Committees offices after 4 June. They can also be viewed on the Committees website. A list of respondents will be available on request from the Committee.
1. The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.
2. The previous review of the Isle of Wights electoral arrangements was undertaken by the Boundary Committee for Englands predecessor, the Local Government Commission for England in 1997.
3. Gurnard ward is adjacent to Cowes.