The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people in Sedgemoor to comment on proposed new local electoral arrangements for Sedgemoor District Council. A public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 19 July 2010.
The review will decide how many councillors should sit on the Council and will also establish new boundaries for its wards. The Commission’s draft recommendations, published today, include maps of the proposed new wards that each councillor would represent. The recommendations will be available at council buildings, libraries and online at www.lgbce.org.uk
Max Caller, Chair of the LGBCE, said: “Having fair electoral boundaries for your council is important. Our reviews aim at ensuring electoral equality, meaning that each councillor should represent a similar number of people.”
“The information that people and organisations sent us in our earlier consultation have informed our draft recommendations. Your ward should be a realistic reflection of your community area. We want people to tell us whether the boundaries we’ve drawn make sense. Rivers, roads and railways make effective boundaries but it’s not always that clear cut. We now want people to tell us what they feel the impact of the recommendations will be on their community, whether they think the recommendations can be improved and, if so, how.”
The Commission wants to hear as much clear and well-argued evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Sedgemoor District Council. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write by 19 July 2010:The Review Officer Sedgemoor Review Local Government Boundary Commission for England Layden House 76-86 Turnmill Street London EC1M 5LG Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information contact:
Sam Hartley on 020 7664 8510
Further information on electoral reviews and guidance on what sort of information the Commission is looking for will be available at council offices, in your local library, and on our website at www.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, and for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
2. The main aim of an electoral review is to provide for ‘electoral equality’.That means each councillor representing approximately the same number of electors. The Commission must also have regard to community identity and interests and providing effective and convenient local government.
3. Further guidance on responding to our consultation is available on the website http://www.lgbce.org.uk.