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Local views sought on number of councillors for East Lindsey District Council

3rd September 2012

Local views sought on number of councillors for East Lindsey District Council

3rd September 2012

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people how many councillors they think should represent East Lindsey 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 by East Lindsey District Council and is now consulting local people on a proposal that would see the authority represented by 55 councillors in future, five fewer than under the current arrangements.

The Commission is asking local people whether they think 55 is the right number of councillors for East Lindsey.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: "This is your chance to shape your council for the future.

"We are asking people across East Lindsey whether they agree that 55 councillors is the right number to represent the district in the future.

"We want to know if you think 55 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 East Lindsey's communities.

"If you don't agree that the district should be represented by 55 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 the district, 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 15 October 2012. Once it has considered the evidence provided by local people and organisations, the Commission will publish its proposal on the total number of councillors in November and then begin to gather information from local people and organisations on new ward boundaries across East Lindsey.

The Commission aims to publish its draft recommendations for a new pattern of wards for East Lindsey in May 2013 when it will consult local people again for 12 weeks. Final recommendations are due to be published in late 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 (East Lindsey)
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 East Lindsey because the district currently has relatively high levels of electoral inequality. For example, Coningsby & Tattershall ward has 29% more electors than the district average. The pattern of electoral inequality is repeated across the district. Overall this means that local people's votes are worth different amounts depending on where they live in the district.

3. In this phase of consultation, the Commission is asking local people to consider whether 55 councillors is the right number for East Lindsey and, if not, how many 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 55 councillors is the right number for the council to be able to take decisions for East Lindsey District effectively?
  • Could 55 councillors effectively represent the interests of all East Lindsey's various communities?

Further guidance on responding to our consultations is also available on our website.

4. You can find the evidence presented to the Commission by the District Council at: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/east-midlands/lincolnshire/east-lindsey-fer

5. The electoral review of East Lindsey 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.