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Local views sought on number of councillors for Bromsgrove District Council

27th March 2012

Local views sought on number of councillors for Bromsgrove District Council

27th March 2012

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people how many councillors they think should represent Bromsgrove District Council in the future.

The six-week public consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will also consider changes to the number, names and boundaries of all the council’s wards.

The Commission has considered evidence submitted to it by the council and political groups over the past few months. It is now consulting local people on a proposal that would see the authority represented by 31 councillors in future, eight fewer than under the current arrangements.

The Commission is asking local people whether they think 31 is the right number of councillors for Bromsgrove. Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “This is your chance to shape your council for the future.”

“We are asking people across Bromsgrove whether they agree that 31 councillors is the right number to represent the district in the future.

“We want to know if you think 31 is the right number of councillors to be able to take decisions effectively and whether it’s the right number to represent the interests of all Bromsgrove’s communities.

“If you don’t agree that Bromsgrove should be represented by 31 councillors, we’d like you to tell us your alternative and why you think there should be more – or fewer – members of the council in the future.

“Once we’ve taken a view on the number of councillors for Bromsgrove, we will redraw ward boundaries to accommodate those elected members and we’ll be asking local people to have their say during that process as well.”

The current phase of consultation closes on 8 May 2012. Once it has considered the evidence provided by local people and organisations, the Commission will publish its proposals on the total number of councillors in June and then begin to gather information from local people and organisations on new ward boundaries across Bromsgrove.

The Commission aims to publish its draft recommendations for a new pattern of wards for Bromsgrove in November 2012 when it will consult local people again for eight weeks. Final recommendations are due to be published in Spring 2013 and the new electoral arrangements would come into effect for the council elections in 2015.

Further information on electoral reviews and guidance on what sort of information the Commission is looking for, log on to our website at www.lgbce.org.uk

To have your say, please write to:

The Review Officer (Bromsgrove)
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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For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530 or email: press@lgbce.org.uk

Notes to editors

1.  The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected. The Commission also carries out reviews of the external boundaries of local authorities and their structure.

2.  The Commission is carrying out an electoral review of Bromsgrove following a request by the District Council to review the council’s electoral arrangements with a view to providing single-member wards across the district. The aim of the review is also to recommend ward boundaries that mean each councillor represents approximately the same number of electors. Furthermore, as it draws up new electoral arrangements for an authority, the Commission must also have regard to the interests and identities of local communities as well as ensuring that the new electoral arrangements promote effective and convenient local government.

3.  In this phase of consultation, the Commission is asking local people to consider whether 31 councillors is the right number for Bromsgrove and, if not, how many district councillors would better promote effective and convenient local government. In coming to a conclusion on council size, the Commission is also asking people to consider the following types of questions:

  • Do you think 31 councillors is the right number for the council to be able to take decisions for Bromsgrove effectively?
  • Could 31 councillors effectively represent the interests of all Bromsgrove’s various communities? Further guidance on responding to our consultation is also available on the website www.lgbce.org.uk .

4.  You can find the submissions made to the Commission so far at: www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/west-midlands/worcestershire/bromsgrove-fer

5.  The electoral review of Bromsgrove District Council is a separate undertaking from the current review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.