York residents are being given another chance to comment on new council ward boundaries across the city.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has re-opened its public consultation on new electoral arrangements for City of York Council. The move gives local people an opportunity to comment on council ward boundaries across the city.
The consultation runs until 31 March 2014 and is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new electoral arrangements for City of York Council.
The Commission had published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for City of York Council in November 2013 after a year-long review. The Commission was subsequently alerted to an error in the information provided to it during the review and has decided to open a new public consultation on revised ward boundaries.
In the recommendations published in November 2013, the Commission had included the University of York campus in a three-member Hull Road ward. However, an error in the data provided to the Commission meant that voters in the Halifax College area would have remained in the single-member Fulford & Heslington ward.
The new recommendations mean that around 800 voters in the Halifax College area would be part of the Hull Road ward with the rest of the university campus rather than in Fulford & Heslington. The amendment would deliver electoral equality for local voters so that each councillor in York represents a similar number of electors.
The eight-week consultation closes on 31 March 2014 and final recommendations are scheduled to be published on 10 July 2014. The new arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in 2015 as originally planned.
Max Caller CBE, Chair of the Commission said; “We are opening a new phase of consultation on new electoral arrangements for City of York Council and we welcome comments on any part of the recommendations.
“The recommendations are similar to the proposals we put forward in November with one amendment in the university area of the city. However, the consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on any part York’s proposed new electoral arrangements.
“We will consider all representations made to us during this eight-week consultation before we publish final recommendations.
“The aim of the review is to provide electoral arrangements that mean each councillor represents a similar number of voters and that the recommendations reflect local community interests and identities.”
The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for City of York Council. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 31 March 2014:The Review Officer (York) Local Government Boundary Commission for England Layden House 76-86 Turnmill Street London EC1M 5LG
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Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal: consultation.lgbce.org.uk
Link to the dedicated web page for the York electoral review: www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/yorkshire-and-humberside/north-yorkshire/city-of-york-fer
Further information and frequently asked questions are available at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/584/la=326
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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 York currently has relatively high levels of electoral inequality where the value of your vote varies depending on where you live in the city.
3. The Commission’s further draft recommendations propose that City of York Council should have 47 councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent four single-member, eight two-member and nine three-member wards across York.
4. 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?
5. Residents have from 4 February 2014 until 31 March 2014 to have their say about where ward boundaries for York should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations on 10 July 2014. 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.