In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each county councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council divisions reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Dorset.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new electoral divisions for Dorset. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
“If you have a view about which communities, parishes or neighbourhoods should be part of the same county division, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Dorset, then this consultation is for you. Alternatively, if you’re simply interested in the way the county is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.
4. Residents have from 23 September to 1 December 2014 to have their say about where division boundaries for Dorset’s 46 county councillors should be drawn. The Commission will then publish its draft recommendations in May 2015 and open a further phase of consultation with local people. New divisions are scheduled to come into effect at the 2017 county elections.
5. The Commission has announced that it is ‘minded’ to recommend 46 county councillors for Dorset but is not legally bound by that number in its final recommendations if a different number of county councillors would deliver a better pattern of divisions.
6. The electoral review will only consider the electoral division boundaries of Dorset County Council. It will not make any changes to district council wards or the external boundaries of districts in the county or the boundaries of the county itself.
7. Members of the public can have their say on the new ward arrangements by writing to:The Review Officer (Dorset)
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