The independent Local Government Boundary
Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new
pattern of council wards for Southwark Council.
The Commission has also announced that it is
minded to recommend that the council should have 63 councillors in future: the
same as the current arrangements.
The Commission now needs information from
people and groups across Southwark to help it to produce a new pattern of wards
to accommodate 63 councillors.
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
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 Southwark should have 63
councillors in future: the same as the current arrangements.
are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Southwark.
As we develop the recommendations, we will 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 of Southwark or just a small part of the borough.
“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 February 2016.”
Local people have until 16 November 2015 to submit
their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the
existing wards can be found at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk
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 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:
Do you have
suggestions about where your ward boundaries should be?
Which areas do
you identify as your local community?
Where do people
in your area go to access local facilities such as shops and leisure
4. Residents have from 8 September until 16
November 2015 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Southwark’s 63 councillors
should be drawn. The Commission will
then publish its draft recommendations in February 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 63 councillors for Southwark but is not
legally bound by that number in its final recommendations and depending on the
evidence submitted to it during consultation.
6. Each ward in Southwark is currently
represented by three councillors. There is no longer a legal requirement for a
uniform pattern of three-member wards across the borough. This means that the
Commission is free to draw up wards that elect one, two or three councillors
depending on the evidence presented to it about each local area.
7. Members of the public can have their say on
the new ward arrangements by writing to:
The Review Officer (Southwark)
London SW1P 4QP
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Commission’s consultation portal at: www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk
For further information
contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1250 / 1525 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org