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 South Cambridgeshire.
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 South Cambridgeshire should have 45 councillors: twelve fewer than the current arrangement.
“We are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for South Cambridgeshire. 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 24 November 2015 until 1 February 2016 to have their say about where ward boundaries for South Cambridgeshire’s 45 councillors should be drawn. The Commission will then publish its draft recommendations in May 2016 and open a further phase of consultation with local people. New wards are scheduled to come into effect at the 2018 local elections.
5. The Commission’s decision on council size means it is ‘minded’ to recommend 45 councillors for South Cambridgeshire 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 (South Cambridgeshire) Local Government Boundary Commission for England 14th floor, Millbank Tower Millbank London SW1P 4QP
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