The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a new phase of public consultation in its review of Hackney Council's ward boundaries.
Local people have until 19 February 2013 to have their say.
Last summer, the Commission held a public consultation on proposals for new ward boundaries across the borough. The aim of the review is to ensure that each councillor represents a similar number of voters so that the value of your vote, in local elections, is the same regardless of where you live in Hackney.
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, the Commission is re-opening its consultation with local people to see what they think of the recommendations.
The new consultation focuses on three parts of Hackney where the Commission is proposing to alter its draft recommendations for new ward boundaries. In Hoxton and Shoreditch, the Commission is now proposing two three-member wards called Hoxton East & Shoreditch alongside a Hoxton West ward instead of the three two-member wards originally proposed for the south west of the borough.
In central Hackney, the Commission is proposing several changes to its original proposals for the boundaries between the proposed Dalston, Hackney Central and Shacklewell wards.
In the north east of the borough, the Commission is proposing to change its draft recommendations to include a three-member Cazenove ward bordered by a three-member Springfield ward. This proposal replaces the Commission's original recommendation for a three-member Stamford Hill East ward and a three-member Upper Clapton ward.
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 Hackney at http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/greater-london/hackney-fer.
Dr Colin Sinclair, lead Commissioner for the review of Hackney, 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 that these alternative wards better reflected local community interests and identities as well as delivering electoral equality for voters. That is why we are now putting them forward for consultation.
"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 April."
Residents can have their say in writing:The Review Officer (Hackney) Local Government Boundary Commission for England Layden House 76-86 Turnmill Street London EC1M 5LG
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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 the review because Hackney currently has relatively high levels of electoral inequality between wards. Hoxton ward, for example, has 18% more electors per councillor than the average in Hackney whereas New River ward has19% fewer voters than the average. Overall, the situation means that the value of your vote varies considerably depending on where you live in the borough.
3. Residents have from 8 January 2013 until 19 February 2013 to have their say about the new proposals. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in April 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 electoral divisions will come into effect at the council elections in 2014.