The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a new phase of public consultation in its review of Surrey Heath Borough Council’s ward boundaries.
The consultation focuses on new proposals for ward boundaries in the Old Dean, St Pauls and central parts of Camberley.
Local people have until 10 July 2017 to have their say on the proposals before the Commission finalises its recommendations for new wards for the whole borough.
Earlier this year, the Commission held a public consultation on proposals for new ward boundaries across Surrey Heath. 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 Camberley, the Commission is opening an extra phase of consultation in those areas to see what local people think of the new recommendations.
The consultation is limited to the Commission’s new proposals in Camberley. 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 Surrey Heath at www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/surrey/surrey-heath.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We listened carefully to all the views put to us on new ward boundaries earlier this year and have made changes to the original recommendations.
“There were some strong arguments made to us that the A30 provided a clearer boundary between Old Dean and St Pauls wards than the railway line as we proposed earlier this year. We have therefore redrawn the ward boundaries in the central parts of Camberley so that the A30 continues to be the northern boundary of St Pauls ward with Old Dean.
“We have also made amendments to the proposed Town ward so that it would include the Crawley Hill area. As a result of the proposed change, we are recommending that the resulting ward should be called Town and Crawley Hill ward.
“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 for the whole borough in August.”
Residents can have their say in writing:
The Review Officer (Surrey Heath)
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 13 June until 10 July 2017 to have their say about where ward boundaries in Camberley should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in August 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 Surrey Heath and aims to publish a full set of final recommendations for the council in August.