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Last chance to have your say on Canterbury ward boundaries

7th May 2014

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 Canterbury and surrounding areas.

The public consultation closes on 20 May 2014.

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Canterbury City Council should have 39 councillors in the future, eleven fewer than the current arrangements. The proposals mean those councillors would represent five single-member wards, eleven two-member wards and four three-member wards across the local authority area.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are keen to hear local views about our boundary proposals before we finalise them in August.

“We want to make sure ward boundaries across Canterbury 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/south-east/kent/canterbury-fer.

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Canterbury and its surrounding areas. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email by 20 May 2014:

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

Or email: reviews@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 Canterbury City Council following a request from the council for the Commission to examine, in particular, the number of councillors elected to the council in future.

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 20 May 2014 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Canterbury should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in August 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.

For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534 or email: press@lgbce.org.uk