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Kensington & Chelsea residents: have your say on boundary changes

18th March 2013

Kensington & Chelsea residents: have your say on boundary changes

19th March 2013

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.

A twelve-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 10 June 2013. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, their boundaries and names across the borough.

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that the council should have 50 councillors in the future, four fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent 14 three-member wards and four two-member wards.

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 and libraries.

Max Caller CBE, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Kensington and Chelsea and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“Over the next twelve 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 the Royal Borough 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 Kensington & Chelsea.

If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 10 June 2013:

Write to:

The Review Officer (RBKC)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
Layden House
76-86 Turnmill Street
London
EC1M 5LG

Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter @LGBCE

Have your say directly in the Commission’s consultation area: consultation.lgbce.org.uk

Link to the dedicated web page for the Kensington and Chelsea electoral review: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/greater-london/kensington-and-chelsea-fer

For further information contact: Press Office: 020 7664 8530/8534

Email: 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 the review to deliver improved electoral equality for voters in Kensington and Chelsea where each councillor represents a similar number of voters.

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?

4. Residents have from 19 March 2013 until 10 June 2013 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Kensington and Chelsea should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in September 2013. 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 2014.