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High Peak residents: have your say on new ward boundaries

25th April 2014

High Peak residents: have your say on new ward boundaries

 

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

 

A ten-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 24 June 2014. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across the borough.

 

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that High Peak Borough Council should have 43 councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent 15 single-member wards, 11 two-member wards and two three-member wards across the borough.

 

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at www.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 and libraries.

 

Max Caller CBE, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across High Peak 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 High Peak 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 borough or just part of it.

 

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for High Peak Borough Council. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 24 June 2014:

 

The Review Officer (High Peak)

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Layden House

76-86 Turnmill Street

London EC1M 5LG

 

Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

 

 

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

www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/1676

 

Link to the dedicated web page for the High Peak electoral review:

www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/east-midlands/derbyshire/high-peak-fer

 

For further information contact:

Press Office: 020 7664 8530/8534

press@lgbce.org.uk

 

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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 Commission is carrying out an electoral review of High Peak 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. For example, Padfield ward has 23% more voters in it than the average for the borough. The situation means that the value of your vote varies depending on where you live in High Peak.

 

3. The types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:

a. Do the proposed wards reflect local communities?

b. How do you think the proposals can be improved whilst maintaining electoral equality?

c. Are the names of the proposed wards right?

4. Residents have from 15 April until 24 June 2014 to have their say about where ward boundaries for High Peak should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in September 2014. 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 2015.