This is an archived news release and links may no longer work.
Residents of South Lakeland will be able to submit their views online on new borough council arrangements in a pilot launched today by the Boundary Committee for England. South Lakeland is one of only two areas chosen to test the new online service which the Committee hopes will encourage more residents to have their say on proposed changes to local boundaries and council size.
The online form, which can be found at http://www.boundarycommittee.org.uk/our-work/LakelandFeedback.cfm asks people to give their name, address and comment on the proposals outlined on the Boundary Committee for Englands website (boundarycommittee.org.uk). Once submitted, their views will become a crucial part of the evidence the Committee looks at during the current public consultation period, which runs until 12 February 2007. After this date the Committees final recommendations will be published.
The Committee is seeking feedback on proposals including recommendations to transfer Troutbeck parish ward into a proposed Windermere Applethwaite ward in order to improve electoral equality, and a proposal from South Lakeland District Council to reduce the number of councillors from 52 to 51.
Archie Gall, Director of the Boundary Committee for England, said:
"The new online submission form will make it easier for residents to tell us what they think of our proposals for the council and wards. Their views are vital to ensuring there is electoral equality in South Lakeland.
"I would especially like to hear the views of local people on the issue of community identity in their area and on proposed changes to ward boundaries, especially whether the proposed three member ward, to be called Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale, would adequately reflect the identities and interests of the local communities."
Anyone wishing to make representations to the Committee on its draft recommendations can also do so in writing, to arrive no later than 12 February 2007, to: Review Manager (South Lakeland), The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.
Anna McGlynn on 020 7271 0530 or Niamh Mulholland on 020 7271 0531
Out of office hours 07789 920 414
Notes to editors: