The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a new phase of public consultation in its review of East Hampshire District Council’s ward boundaries.
The consultation focuses on new proposals for ward boundaries in Alton and Horndean.
New proposals (shown in red on map) include substantial changes to the Commission’s previous plans (in black) in Alton (top) and Horndean (bottom)
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Local people have until 5 March 2018 to have their say on the proposals before the Commission finalises its recommendations for new wards across the whole district.
Late last year, the Commission held a public consultation on proposals for new ward boundaries across East Hampshire. The Commission has listened to the views put to it during consultation and now proposes to make changes to the plans. Due to the significance of the proposed changes in Alton and Horndean, 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 Alton and Horndean. Details of the recommendations, including maps of the proposals, are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk and at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/9704.
The Commission’s draft recommendations had proposed that Alton should be covered by four council wards. Two of those wards would have been represented by one councillor each with the other two wards represented by two councillors and three councillors respectively. During public consultation, the Commission received an alternative proposal for the town to be covered by seven wards, each to be represented by one councillor. The Commission believes this new proposal is a better reflection of community ties. Given the scale of the changes, the Commission is seeking local views on the new plan before it finalises the review.
The Commission also received objections to its previous proposals in Horndean. For example, the Commission had used the A3(M) as a boundary between wards. Local people told the Commission that the road does not form a barrier and gave evidence of strong links between communities on either side. In response to the feedback, the Commission has changed its proposals in the south of the district to reflect local views and now invites comments on them.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We listened carefully to all the views put to us on new ward boundaries last year and have made changes to the original recommendations in the Alton and Horndean areas.
“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 council area in April.”
Residents can have their say in writing:
The Review Officer (East Hampshire)
14th floor, Millbank Tower
London SW1P 4QP
Or email: email@example.com
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 6 February until 5 March 2018 to have their say about where ward boundaries in East Hampshire should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in April. 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 2019.
3. The Commission is satisfied that it has received sufficient evidence to finalise new ward boundaries for the rest of East Hampshire and aims to publish a full set of final recommendations for the council in April.