The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is giving local people another chance to have their say on county division boundaries across Cambridgeshire.
A six-week consultation on the Commission’s new recommendations starts today and closes on 20 June 2016. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on the names and boundaries of electoral divisions represented by all Cambridgeshire’s county councillors.
The Commission’s recommendations are that Cambridgeshire should be represented by 61 county councillors, eight fewer than the current arrangements. The proposals also set out the names and boundaries of the 51 single-member divisions and five two-member divisions to be represented by county councillors.
The Commission published the final recommendations of its electoral review of Cambridgeshire County Council in February 2016. It has decided to hold a new phase of consultation after receiving local representations from residents and local organisations which argued that they had not had the chance to comment on all aspects of the recommendations.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “Following publication of our recommendations in February, we were contacted by local people and organisations who told us that they felt their voice had not been fully heard during the review process. Given the importance we attach to local engagement, we have decided to hold an additional phase of public consultation.
“We have an open mind about changes to our proposals. We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether the evidence applies to the entire county or just part of it.
“We will consider all the evidence we receive during the consultation before we finalise the recommendations in September 2016.”
The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Cambridgeshire County Council. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 20 June 2016:
The Review Officer (Cambridgeshire)
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Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/4143
Link to the dedicated web page for the Cambridgeshire electoral review:
For further information contact:
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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 Cambridgeshire County Council to provide for ‘electoral equality’; that means each county councillor representing approximately the same number of voters. The Commission must also have regard to community identity and interests and providing effective and convenient local government.
3. The types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:
a. Do the proposed electoral divisions reflect local communities?
b. How do you think the proposals can be improved whilst maintaining electoral equality?
c. Are the names of the proposed divisions right?
4. Residents have from 10 May until 20 June 2016 to have their say about where electoral division boundaries should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in September 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 boundaries will come into effect at the county council elections in 2017.