Local residents are being invited to give their views on the Boundary Committee for England's draft recommendations for future electoral arrangements for the Isle of Wight.
The Committee has published a number of recommendations for the island, including a reduction in the number of councillors from 48 to 40 and changes to ward boundaries. The recommendations are part of a further electoral review of the island.
The Committee was directed to undertake the review by the Electoral Commission, as there were significant differences in the number of electors each councillor represents across the island.
Today's publication marks the start of a 12 week public consultation period during which islanders are invited to submit their views on the proposals. The draft recommendations can be viewed in full on the Boundary Committee website. Representations to the Committee on the draft proposals can be made online, by email firstname.lastname@example.org) or by post (Review Manager, Isle of Wight Review, The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 2HW).
The consultation period will close on the 17 January 2008, after which the Boundary Committee will review all representations before making its final recommendations to the Electoral Commission. Final recommendations are expected to be published during summer 2008.
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Notes to editors:
1. The Boundary Committee for England is a statutory committee of the Electoral Commission and is responsible for conducting electoral reviews of local authorities in England.
2. The review of Isle of Wight Council began on 13 February 2007, when the Committee invited initial proposals from interested parties in the area.
3. The report and consultation documents, including submissions, can be viewed at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk