In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Harrogate.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Harrogate. 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 or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, 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 Harrogate, then this consultation is for you. Alternatively, if you’re simply interested in the way the borough is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.
4. Residents have from 26 January until 4 April 2016 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Harrogate’s 40 councillors should be drawn. The Commission will then publish its draft recommendations in June 2016 and open a further phase of consultation with local people. New wards are scheduled to come into effect at the 2018 council elections.
5. The Commission has announced that it is ‘minded’ to recommend 40 borough councillors for Harrogate but is not legally bound by that number in its final recommendations if a different number of councillors would deliver a better pattern of wards.
6. Members of the public can have their say on the new electoral arrangements by writing to:The Review Officer (Harrogate) LGBCE 14th floor, Millbank Tower London SW1P 4QP
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