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Last chance to have your say on changes to Basingstoke and Deane electoral arrangements

29th June 2007

Last chance to have your say on changes to Basingstoke and Deane electoral arrangements

7th May 2007

The Boundary Committee for England is reminding people in Basingstoke and Deane that they have just two weeks left from today [7 May] to submit their views on draft recommendations affecting ward boundaries in their area. All submissions need to be received by the Committee by Monday 21 May.

The Committee is looking for feedback on proposals for changes to the present local warding arrangements. It is proposing six single-member, 18 two-member and six three-member wards to create local government boundaries which reflect local communities while improving the level of equality in the numbers represented by councillors. The Committee was presented with a number of conflicting proposals during the first phase of consultation and for this reason would especially welcome local views before the proposed changes become final.

Archie Gall, Director of the Boundary Committee for England, said:

Time is running out for residents to have their say on the changes we have proposed. Were really keen to hear from everyone in Basingstoke and Deane on what they think of our plans, how they feel about our changes to the ward boundaries and whether they consider that these proposals reflect their local communities, while evening out the numbers represented by councillors. Its easy to let us know what you think simply write to us or email by 22 May.

The Committee would welcome comments on their draft recommendations, which will be taken into their considerations.  Anyone wishing to view the recommendations should visit the Boundary Committee website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk. Any feedback can be emailed to reviews@boundarycommittee.org.uk or sent to The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW. Responses need to be received by 21 May 2007.

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For further information contact:

Nina Blunck on 0207 271 0531

Out of office hours 07789 920 414

Fax: 020 7271 0528

press@boundarycommittee.org.uk

www.boundarycommittee.org.uk

Notes to editors:

1.       The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission. Its role is to review local government structure and boundaries in England and make recommendations for change. Its aim is to ensure that the number of electors represented by each councillor in an area is as nearly as possible the same, while taking into account local circumstances.