The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a new phase of public consultation in its review of Hertsmere Borough Council’s ward boundaries.
The consultation focuses on new proposals for ward boundaries in Potters Bar.
Local people have until 31 October 2017 to have their say on the proposals before the Commission finalises its recommendations for new wards across the whole borough.
Earlier this year, the Commission held a public consultation on proposals for new ward boundaries across Hertsmere. The Commission has listened to the views put to it during consultation and now proposes to make changes to the plans to reflect local evidence. Due to the significance of the proposed changes in Potters Bar, the Commission is opening an extra phase of consultation to see what local people think of the new recommendations.
The consultation is limited to the Commission’s new proposals in Potters Bar. Details of the recommendations, including maps of the proposals, are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk or at the dedicated review page for the electoral review of Hertsmere at www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/eastern/hertfordshire/hertsmere.
The Commission’s draft recommendations proposed that Potters Bar should be covered by a Potters Bar Oakmere ward to be represented by two councillors alongside a Potters Bar Furzefield ward to be represented by three councillors and a Potters Bar Parkfield ward to be represented by three councillors.
Due to the strength of evidence received during consultation with local people and organisations, the Commission now proposes that the town should be covered by a Bentley Heath & the Royds ward to be represented by two councillors alongside a Potters Bar Furzefield ward to be represented by two councillors and a Potters Bar Parkfield ward also to be represented by two councillors. Potters Bar Oakmere ward would remain unchanged, to be represented by two councillors. The Commission accepts local evidence that the new pattern of wards would mean stronger boundaries and a better reflection of community ties.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We listened carefully to all the views put to us on new ward boundaries earlier this summer and have made changes to the original recommendations in the Potters Bar area.
“We are now asking local people to log on to our website to tell us what they think about these proposals before we publish final recommendations for the whole borough in December.”
Residents can have their say in writing:
The Review Officer (Hertsmere)
14th floor, Millbank Tower
London SW1P 4QP
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information contact:
Press Office: 0330 500 1250 / 1525
Notes to editors:
1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structures.
2. Residents have from 3 October until 31 October 2017 to have their say about where ward boundaries in Potters Bar should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in December 2017. Once the Commission agrees its final recommendations it will lay a draft order in both Houses of Parliament. Parliament will then have 40 days in which to consider the recommendations. If both Houses are satisfied with the recommendations, the draft order will be ‘made’ and the new wards will come into effect at the borough council elections in 2019.
3. The Commission is satisfied that it has received sufficient evidence to finalise new ward boundaries for the rest of Hertsmere and aims to publish a full set of final recommendations for the council in December.