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Local views sought on number of councillors for Three Rivers District Council

24th July 2012

Local views sought on number of councillors for Three Rivers District Council

24th July 2012

Local views sought on number of councillors for Three Rivers District Council The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people how many councillors they think should represent Three Rivers 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 Three Rivers District Council and is now consulting local people on a proposal that would see the authority represented by 39 councillors in future, nine fewer than under the current arrangements.

The Commission is asking local people whether they think 39 is the right number of councillors for Three Rivers. Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “This is your chance to shape your council for the future.

“We are asking people across Three Rivers district whether they agree that 39 councillors is the right number to represent the district in the future. “We want to know if you think 39 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 Three Rivers’ communities.

“If you don’t agree that Three Rivers should be represented by 39 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 3 September 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 October and then begin to gather information from local people and organisations on new ward boundaries across the district.

The Commission aims to publish its draft recommendations for a new pattern of wards for Three Rivers in April 2013 when it will consult local people again for twelve weeks. Final recommendations are due to be published in October 2013 and the new electoral arrangements would come into effect for the council elections in 2014.

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 (Three Rivers)
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: 020 7664 8530/8534 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 Three Rivers following a request by the District Council to consider the number of councillors representing the local authority. 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 39 councillors is the right number for Three Rivers 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 39 councillors is the right number for the council to be able to take decisions for Three Rivers effectively?
  • Could 39 councillors effectively represent the interests of all the various communities across the district? Further guidance on responding to our consultations is also available on the website www.lgbce.org.uk. 

4. You can also find the evidence presented to the Commission by the District Council and political groups at: www.lgbce.org.uk.

5. The electoral review of Three Rivers 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.