The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a new phase of public consultation in its review of Bromsgrove District Council’s ward boundaries.
Local people have until 8 April 2013 to have their say.
Last year, the Commission held a public consultation on proposals for new ward boundaries across Bromsgrove. The Commission undertook the review following a request from the council to change its governance arrangements so that each ward across Bromsgrove is represented by one councillor. The request means major changes to council ward boundaries across the district.
The Commission listened to the views put to it during consultation and now proposes to make three substantial changes to the plans it put forward last year. Due to the significance of the proposed changes, it is re-opening its consultation with local people to see what they think of the recommendations.
The Commission is proposing that the Bell Heath area should be part of Belbroughton & Clent ward and not Romsley as it had previously proposed. They also propose that the whole of Hagley village should be included in Hagley East and Hagley West wards. Finally, in this part of the district, the Commission proposes that the Fairfield area should be part of Romsley ward.
Finally, the Commission’s revised proposals make several amendments to its previous recommendations in Bromsgrove town and, in particular, in the Sanders Park area as well as altering its draft proposals for Hill Top and Sidemoor wards.
More information on the review and maps of the proposals are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk or go straight to the dedicated review page for the electoral review of Bromsgrove at www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/west-midlands/worcestershire/bromsgrove-fer.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “We listened carefully to all the views put to us last year and have made a series of changes to the original recommendations. We are now asking local people to have their say on the revised proposals.
“There were some strong arguments made to us by local people for alternative ward boundaries in the last phase of consultation and we have tried to reflect them in these recommendations. We have also been alerted to some changes in the electorate figures which also mean some further changes are needed to the pattern of wards we put forward previously.
“We are asking local people to log on to our website to tell us what they think about these proposals before we publish final recommendations in June.Residents can have their say in writing:
Notes to editors:
1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) 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. The Commission is carrying out an electoral review of Bromsgrove District Council following a request made by the council to be included in its work programme. The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 allows local authorities to request the Commission to carry out an electoral review with the aim of providing single-member wards across the whole authority. The council asked the Commission to carry out the review with a view to delivering single-member wards across Bromsgrove hence the pattern put forward by the Commission in its draft recommendations. The Commission will only move away from that pattern of wards where an alternative arrangement would better meet its statutory criteria, namely: to deliver electoral equality, to reflect the interests and identities of local communities and/or deliver effective and convenient local government.
3. Residents have from 26 February 2013 until 9 April 2013 to have their say about the new proposals. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in June 2013. 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 council elections in 2015.