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Residents in West Wiltshire are being asked for their views on new district council electoral arrangements. The Boundary Committee for England today publishes its draft recommendations for proposed changes to provide a better electoral balance.
The public consultation period begins today and runs until 22 May 2006. The Committee will take into account all representations received by this date when it produces its final recommendations to submit to The Electoral Commission. The Committee may change some or all of the proposals, depending on the responses it receives during the consultation period. It is therefore important that members of the public let the Committee have their views, whether or not they agree with the draft recommendations.
Commenting on the proposals, the Committee's Chair, Pamela Gordon, said: 'At present, the electoral arrangements across West Wiltshire are significantly unbalanced. For example, the worst imbalances are in Westbury Ham ward, where each councillor represents 34% more electors than the district council average, while the councillor for Southwick & Wingfield ward represents 18% fewer electors than the district council average.'
'The aim of our review is to ensure that, as far as possible within each ward, each person's vote should have the same value as another's, without disrupting community identities. We are consulting until 22 May 2006 and I hope that all those affected by our proposals will tell us what they think about them.'
The Committee is recommending that the council size should continue to comprise 44 councillors representing 24 wards, one fewer than at present.
Copies of the report are available from the Committee's 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 22 May 2006 to: Review Manager (West Wiltshire), 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 Committee's 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.
Gemma Thomas on 020 7271 0527 or Anna McGlynn on 020 7271 0530
Out of office hours 07789 920 414, Fax: 020 7271 0528
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