The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a new phase of public consultation in its review of Lancaster City Council’s ward boundaries.
Local people have until 15 July 2013 to have their say.
Earlier this year, the Commission held a public consultation on proposals for new ward boundaries across the Lancaster City Council area.
The Commission listened to the views put to it during consultation and now proposes to make two substantial changes to the plans it put forward in its previous consultation. Due to the significance of the proposed changes, it is re-opening its consultation with local people to see what they think of the new recommendations.
Morecambe and Heysham area
In the Morecambe and Heysham area, the Commission originally proposed four two-member and four three-member wards as well as a single-member Overton ward covering the rural area to the south of the towns.
Under the revised proposals, Harbour ward would become a three-member ward, and its boundary with Heysham North ward would move to Alexandra Road and Clevelands Avenue. The boundary between Heysham North and Heysham Central wards is proposed to move to Furness Road and Woodlands Drive with Heysham Central becoming a two-member ward. The Commission received evidence indicating that these proposals may provide for a better reflection of community ties, as well as improving electoral equality.
North west area
In the north-west of the district the Commission previously proposed a single-member Silverdale ward, two two-member wards of Bolton-le-Sands and Slyne-with-Hest, and a three-member Carnforth & Warton ward.
Submissions were received during consultation on the proposal for the three-member Carnforth & Warton ward. The evidence indicated that such a ward would not reflect community identity. Carnforth Town Council also objected to the inclusion of the Crag Bank area of Carnforth in Bolton-le-Sands ward, arguing that the whole of Carnforth parish should be included in one district ward.
The new proposals are for a three-member Bolton & Slyne ward comprising the parishes of Bolton-le-Sands and Slyne-with-Hest; a three-member Carnforth & Millhead ward comprising the whole of the parish of Carnforth and the Millhead parish ward from Warton parish; a single-member Warton ward comprising the remainder of Warton parish and the parish of Yealand Conyers; and a single-member Silverdale ward comprising the parishes of Silverdale and Yealand Redmayne.
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 Lancaster at www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/north-west/lancashire/lancaster-fer.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “We listened carefully to all the views put to us last year and have made 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 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 October.”
Residents can have their say in writing:The Review Officer (Lancaster) Local Government Boundary Commission for England Layden House 76-86 Turnmill Street London EC1M 5LG
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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. The Commission is carrying out the review because Lancaster currently has relatively high levels of electoral inequality where the value of your vote varies, to a significant degree, depending on where you live in the City of Lancaster.
3. Residents have until 15 July 2013 to have their say about the new proposals. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in October 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 May 2015.