There are still a few weeks left for local people to put forward their views about new council ward boundaries across Lichfield.
Following discussions with the council and contact from local groups, the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has agreed to extend the deadline of its public consultation on ward boundaries for the district until 3 March 2014.
View interactive maps of current ward boundaries at consultation.lgbce.org.uk
The Commission is asking people and organisations for their help to produce a new pattern of wards for 47 district councillors. In November, the Commission agreed that Lichfield District Council should have nine fewer councillors in future.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “Before we draw up our own recommendations for new ward boundaries across Lichfield, we are asking local people for their views.
“If you have an opinion about where ward boundaries should be drawn in Lichfield or which communities should be grouped together in local wards, we would like to hear from you.
“Once we have completed this consultation, the Commission will draw up draft recommendations for new ward boundaries across the district and we will hold another public consultation on them before we finalise our recommendations.
“Don’t miss this chance to have your say on how your council is run.”ends
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 aim of an electoral review is to provide for ‘electoral equality’; that means each councillor representing approximately the same number of electors. 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:
• Do you have suggestions about where your ward boundaries should be?
• Which areas do you identify as your local community?
• Where do people in your area go to access local facilities such as shops and leisure activities?
4. Residents have until 3 March 2014 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Lichfield District Council’s 47 councillors should be drawn. The Commission will then publish its draft recommendations in April 2014 and open a further phase of consultation with local people. New wards are scheduled to come into effect at the 2015 local elections.
5. The Commission’s decision on council size means it is ‘minded’ to recommend 47 district councillors for Lichfield District Council but is not legally bound by that number in its final recommendations and depending on the evidence submitted to it during consultation.
6. Members of the public can have their say on the new ward arrangements by writing to:The Review Officer (Lichfield) The Local Government Boundary Commission for England Layden House 76-86 Turnmill Street London EC1M 5LG
Follow the Commission on Twitter: @LGBCE
Go directly to the Commission’s consultation portal, use the Commission’s interactive mapping and draw your own boundaries online at: consultation.lgbce.org.uk
Link to dedicated web page for the Lichfield electoral review at: www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/west-midlands/staffordshire/lichfield-fer
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org