The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people how many councillors they think should represent Tower Hamlets 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 Mayor of Tower Hamlets, local councillors and political groups on the council. It is now consulting local people on a proposal that would see the authority represented by 45 councillors in future, six fewer than under the current arrangements. The Commission is asking local people whether they think 45 is the right number of councillors for Tower Hamlets.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “This is your chance to shape your council for the future.
“We are asking people across Tower Hamlets whether they agree that 45 councillors is the right number to represent Tower Hamlets in the future. “We want to know if you think 45 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 communities in Tower Hamlets.
“If you don’t agree that Tower Hamlets should be represented by 45 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 Tower Hamlets, 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 proposal on the total number of councillors in June and then begin to gather information from local people and organisations on new ward boundaries across the borough.
The Commission aims to publish its draft recommendations for a new pattern of wards for Tower Hamlets 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 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 (Tower Hamlets) Local Government Boundary Commission for England Layden House 76-86 Turnmill Street London EC1M 5LG Or email: email@example.com
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. You can find the evidence presented to the Commission so far at: www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/greater-london/tower-hamlets-fer
5. The electoral review of Tower Hamlets 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.