Time is running out for local people to tell the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England what they think of proposals for new council ward boundaries across Erewash.
The public consultation closes on 28 April 2014.
The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Erewash Borough Council should have 47 councillors in the future, four fewer than the current arrangements. The proposals mean those councillors would represent ten two-member and nine three-member wards across the borough.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are keen to hear local views about our boundary proposals before we finalise them in July.
“We want to make sure ward boundaries across Erewash reflect the identities and interests of local communities as well as delivering electoral fairness for voters.
“This is your last chance to have your say before we finalise the recommendations.”
Local people can have their say directly by visiting www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk.
The full recommendations and detailed maps are also available on the Commission’s main website at www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/east-midlands/derbyshire/erewash-fer.
The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Erewash. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email by 28 April 2014:
The Review Officer (Erewash)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
76-86 Turnmill Street
London EC1M 5LG
Or email: email@example.com
Follow the Commission on Twitter: @LGBCE
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 Erewash 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, than other member of the council. For example, Abbotsford ward has 19% more voters in it than the average for the borough whilst West Hallam & Dale Abbey ward has 19% fewer. The situation means that the value of your vote varies depending on where you live in Erewash.
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 until 28 April 2014 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Erewash should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in July 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.