The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people in Mid Suffolk and Babergh districts to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.
Illustrate your story with a high res image of proposed ward boundaries for Mid Suffolk (left) available at: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/__data/assets/image/0020/35507/Wireframe_DR.jpgand Babergh (right) at: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/__data/assets/image/0020/35516/Jpeg-no-labels.PNG
A ten-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 11 December 2017. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across each district.
The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that the Mid Suffolk should have 34 councillors in the future, six fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent eight two-councillor wards and eighteen one-councillor wards across the district.
For Babergh, the Commission’s draft recommendations propose that the council should have 32 councillors in the future, eleven fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations set out how those councillors should represent two three-councillor wards, six two-councillor wards and fourteen one-councillor wards.
The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps for both reviews are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Mid Suffolk and Babergh. We are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.
“Over the next ten weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.
“Our reviews aim to deliver electoral equality for local voters in both districts. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.
“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Babergh and Mid Suffolk and that the pattern of wards can help the councils deliver effective local government to local people.
“We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole of your district or just part of it.”
The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations for both districts. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 11 December 2017:
The Review Officer (Mid Suffolk/Babergh)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
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Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal:
Mid Suffolk: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/9230
Link to the dedicated web page for the electoral reviews:
For further information contact:
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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 types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:
- Do the proposed wards reflect local communities?
- How do you think the proposals can be improved whilst maintaining electoral equality?
- Are the names of the proposed wards right?
3. The electoral review of Mid Suffolk District Council and Babergh District Councils is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.
4. Residents have from 3 October until 11 December 2017 to have their say on the draft recommendations. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in February 2018. Once the Commission agrees its final recommendations it will lay a draft order for each council in both Houses of Parliament. Parliament will then have 40 days in which to consider the recommendations. If both Houses are satisfied with the recommendations, the draft order will be ‘made’ and the new wards will come into effect at the council elections in May 2019.