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 West Sussex.
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 West Sussex should have 70 councillors.“We are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new divisions for West Sussex. 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 23 June until 31 August 2015 to have their say about where electoral division boundaries for West Sussex’s 70 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 70 county councillors for West Sussex 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 division arrangements by writing to:The Review Officer (West Sussex) Local Government Boundary Commission for England 14th floor, Millbank Tower 21-24 Millbank London SW1P 4QP
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