The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of electoral divisions for Lincolnshire County Council.
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 county divisions reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Lincolnshire.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “The starting point of an electoral review is for the Commission to take a view on the number of councillors that should represent the authority in future. On the evidence presented to the Commission, we are minded to recommend that Lincolnshire should continue to have 71 councillors.
“We are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new divisions for Lincolnshire. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
4. Residents have from 12 May 2015 to 21 July 2015 to have their say about where electoral division boundaries for Lincolnshire’s 71 county councillors should be drawn. The Commission will then publish its draft recommendations in November 2015 and open a further phase of consultation with local people. New divisions are scheduled to come into effect at the 2017 local elections.
5. The Commission’s decision on council size means it is ‘minded’ to recommend 71 county councillors for Lincolnshire but is not legally bound by that number in its final recommendations and depending on the evidence submitted to it during consultation.
7. Members of the public can have their say on the new division arrangements by writing to:The Review Officer (Lincolnshire) Local Government Boundary Commission for England 14th floor, Millbank Tower Millbank London SW1P 4QP
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For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org