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Purbeck residents: have your say on boundary changes

29th May 2012

Purbeck residents: have your say on boundary changes

29th May 2012

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The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Purbeck to comment on its draft proposals for new electoral arrangements for Purbeck District Council.

A six-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 9 July 2012. The consultation is open to anyone in Purbeck 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 Purbeck District Council should have 25 district councillors in the future: one more than at present. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent five single-member wards, four two-member wards and four three-member wards across the district.

The full recommendations and detailed maps are available on the Commission's website at http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-west/dorset/purbeck-fer . 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 Purbeck and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

"Over the next six 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 district councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone's vote in district 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 Purbeck 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 a part of it.

"Our draft recommendations are broadly based on evidence presented to us by the council and other local organisations. We have an open mind about further suggestions from local people to improve these recommendations.

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Purbeck District. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 9 July 2012:


The Review Officer (Purbeck)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
Layden House
76-86 Turnmill Street
London EC1M 5LG
Or email:reviews@lgbce.org.uk

For further information contact:
Press Office: 020 7664 8530
marcus.bowell@lgbce.org.uk

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Notes to editors:
 
1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structures.
 
2. The Commission is carrying out the review because Purbeck currently has relatively high levels of electoral inequality. St Martin ward, for example, contains 28% fewer electors per councillor than the average in Purbeck. This means that the value of your vote varies depending on where you live in the district.

3. The types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:

  • Do the proposed wards reflect local communities?
  • How do you think the proposals can be improved whilst maintaining electoral equality?
  • Are the names of the proposed wards right?

4. Residents have from 29 May until 9 July 2012 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Purbeck should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in September 2012. Once the Commission agrees its final recommendations it will lay a draft order in both Houses of Parliament. Parliament will then have 40 days in which to consider the recommendations. If both Houses are satisfied with the recommendations, the draft order will be 'made' and the new wards will come into effect at the council elections in May 2015.