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Extra chance to have your say on Bexley council boundaries

1st August 2016

Extra chance to have your say on Bexley council boundaries

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a new phase of public consultation in its review of Bexley Council’s ward boundaries.

The consultation focuses on new proposals for borough ward boundaries in Barnehurst, Erith, North End, Northumberland Heath and Slade Green areas.

Local people have until 12 September 2016 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 Bexley. 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 five areas to the north of the borough, 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 Barnehurst, Erith, North End, Northumberland Heath and Slade Green. 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 Bexley at

www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/greater-london/bexley .

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. We are now asking local people to have their say on the revised proposals for Barnehurst, Erith, North End, Northumberland Heath and Slade Green.

“There were some strong arguments made to us that an alternative pattern of wards in the five areas might better reflect local community interests and identities. That is why we have changed our recommendations and 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 for the whole borough in November 2016.”

Residents can have their say in writing:

The Review Officer (Bexley)

LGBCE

14th floor, Millbank Tower

London SW1P 4QP

Or email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

For further information contact:

Press Office: 0330 500 1250 / 1525

press@lgbce.org.uk

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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 an electoral review of the London Borough of Bexley following a request from the council for the Commission to carry out a review to consider - in particular - the most appropriate number of councillors to be elected to the council in future.

3.    The types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:

a.    Do the proposed wards reflect local communities?

b.    How do you think the proposals can be improved whilst maintaining electoral equality?

c.     Are the names of the proposed wards right?

4.    Residents have from 2 August until 12 September 2016 to have their say about where ward boundaries in Barnehurst, Erith, North End, Northumberland Heath and Slade Green should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in November 2016. 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 2018. 

5.    The Commission is satisfied that it has received sufficient evidence to finalise new ward boundaries for the rest of Bexley and aims to publish a full set of final recommendations for the London Borough of Bexley in November 2016.