An eleven-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 28 July 2014. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across the district.
The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Lichfield District Council should have 47 councillors in the future, nine fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent five single-member wards, nine two-member wards and eight three-member wards across the district.
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 Lichfield and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.
“Over the next eleven 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 Lichfield 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 district or just part of it.
The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Lichfield District Council. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 28 July 2014:
The Review Officer (Lichfield) Local Government Boundary Commission for England Layden House 76-86 Turnmill Street London EC1M 5LG
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Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/2216
Link to the dedicated web page for the Lichfield electoral review: www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/west-midlands/staffs/lichfield-fer
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