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Have your say on the new political map of Redcar & Cleveland

6th February 2018

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Redcar & Cleveland to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.

 

The Commission’s plans mean the boundaries of all but one ward should change.

Redcar & Cleveland Summary Map

Illustrate your story with a map of the recommendations. High res version available at:

https://www.lgbce.org.uk/__data/assets/image/0007/37438/Redcar_Launch_WebsiteMap_DraftRecs_A4L.jpg

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018

 

A ten-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 16 April 2018. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Redcar & Cleveland.

 

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council should have 59 councillors in future: the same number as there are now. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent twelve three-councillor wards, eleven two-councillor wards and one one-councillor ward across the council area.

 

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps 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 Redcar & Cleveland and 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 review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. 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 Redcar & Cleveland and that the pattern of wards can help the council 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 Redcar & Cleveland or just part of it.

 

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations for Redcar & Cleveland. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 16 April 2018.

 

The Review Officer (Redcar & Cleveland)

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

14th floor, Millbank Tower

London

SW1P 4QP

 

Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

 

Follow us on Twitter @LGBCE

 

Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal:

https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/10378

 

Link to the dedicated web page for the Redcar and Cleveland electoral review:

http://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/north-east/redcar-and-cleveland/redcar-and-cleveland

 

For further information contact:

Press Office: 0330 500 1250 / 1525

press@lgbce.org.uk

 

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Notes to editors:

 

  1. Key of ward names for the above map:

1 Belmont

2 Brotton

3 Coatham

4 Dormanstown

5 Eston

6 Grangetown

7 Guisborough

8 Hutton

9 Kirkleatham

10 Lockwood

11 Loftus

12 Longbeck

13 Mickledales

14 Newcomen

15 Normanby

16 Ormesby

17 Saltburn

18 Skelton East

19 Skelton West

20 South Bank

21 St Germain's

22 Teesville

23 West Dyke

24   Zetland

  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 Commission is carrying out an electoral review of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council to deliver electoral equality for voters in local elections. The borough currently has relatively high levels of electoral inequality, where some councillors represent significantly more, or fewer, voters than other members of the council.
  3. 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?

5.    Residents have from 6 February until 16 April 2018 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Redcar and Cleveland should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in June 2018. Once the Commission agrees its final recommendations it will lay a draft order 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.