The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of wards for Rushcliffe Borough Council.
This week the Commission announced that it was minded to accept Rushcliffe Borough Council’s proposal for a reduction in the number of borough councillors. The Commission is therefore proposing that 45 borough councillors should represent the authority in future, five fewer than at present.
The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Rushcliffe to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 45 borough councillors.
In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in borough council elections so that each councillor represents approximately 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 the borough.
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 who should represent the authority in future. On the evidence presented to the Commission, we are minded to recommend that Rushcliffe Borough Council should have 45 councillors.
“We’re now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for the borough. As we develop the recommendations, we’ll take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
“Your views will make a difference.
“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole borough or just a small part of it.
“We will publish all the submissions on our website so that local people can see all the various proposals we receive. Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in September 2012.”
Local people have until 18 June to submit their views. Further information on the review is available on the LGBCE website at: www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/east-midlands/nottinghamshire/rushcliffe-fer
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 aim of an electoral review is to provide for ‘electoral equality’; that means each councillor representing approximately the same number of electors. The Commission must also have regard to community identity and interests and providing effective and convenient local government.
3. The types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:
4. Residents have from 27 March to 18 June to have their say about where ward boundaries for Rushcliffe’s 45 councillors should be drawn. The Commission will then publish its draft recommendations in September 2012 and open a further phase of consultation with local people. New wards are scheduled to come into effect at the 2015 borough council elections.
5. The Commission’s decision on council size means it is ‘minded’ to recommend 45 borough councillors for Rushcliffe 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 ward arrangements by writing to:The Review Officer (Rushcliffe) The Local Government Boundary Commission for England Layden House 76-86 Turnmill Street London EC1M 5LG Or by emailing: email@example.com
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org