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Stoke residents asked for views on ward boundary recommendations

12th May 2010

Stoke residents asked for views on ward boundary recommendations

2010-05-11T16:13:26+00:00

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission has been carrying out an electoral review of Stoke-on-Trent City Council. The review will decide on how many councillors should sit on the council, and the name, number and boundaries of each of the City's local electoral wards.

Our consultation on our draft recommendations for Stoke ends on 11 June. We've got lots of information about the review on our website, www.lgbce.org.uk or at your local library. But we'll also be out and about in Stoke so that we can hear more opinions and evidence about our recommendations.

We'll have an information stand where you can ask us questions at the following dates and locations:

  • 12 May - information stand at Smallthorne Community Centre, 1pm-2.30pm
  • 12 May - information stand at Bentilee neighbourhood Centre, 4pm-5.30pm
  • 13 May - information stand at Fenton Local Centre, 9am-11am
  • 13 May - information stand at Stoke Local Service Centre, Noon-1.30pm
  • 14 May - information stand at Meir Local Centre, 9am-11am
  • 14 May- information stand at Longton Local Centre, Noon-1.30pm
  • 19 May - information stand at Central Library, 3.30pm-5.30pm
  • 20 May - information stand at Norton Co-op, 4pm-6pm
  • 21 May - information stand at Tunstall Market, 10am-Noon

We see the views of local people as being vital to us coming up with final recommendations that are informed by as

much evidence as we can get. That's why, until 11 June, we're encouraging people across Stoke to tell us not only 

what they think of our proposals, but why they think it. The Commission wants to hear as much clear and well-argued evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for the Stoke-on-Trent City Council area. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission please write by 11 June 2010 to:

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (Stoke-on-Trent review)
Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street
London EC1M 5LG

Or email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

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For further information contact

The Review Manager at press@lgbce.org.uk

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Boundary Committee for England commenced the review in 2009. However, on 1 April 2010, the Local
  2. Government Boundary Commission for England assumed the functions of the Boundary Committee and 
  3. is now conducting the review. It therefore falls to us to complete the work of the Boundary Committee. The
  4. approach to the review of Stoke-on-Trent will not be affected by this change. 
  5.  
  6. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is responsible for reviewing local 
  7. authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors
  8. to be elected, and for conducting reviews of local governement external boundaries and structure. 
  9.  
  10. The main aim of an electoral review is to provide for 'electoral equality'. that means each councillor 
  11. representing approximately the same number of electors. The LGBCE must also have regard to community 
  12. identity and interest and providing effective and convenient local government. 
  13.  
  14. The recommendations of the Stoke-on-Trent Governance Commission included the proposal that consideration
  15. should be given to the number of councillors representing Stoke-on-Trent. As part of those recommendations, it falls under the LGBCE's remit to make recommendations on the number of councillors, and what area each councillor represents. The Electoral
  16. Commission directed the Boundary Committee to undertake the review. The Commission decided that it was
  17. clearly in the interests of securing effective local government for the people of Stoke-on-Trent that a review
  18. should take place. 
  19.  
  20. The City Council currently elects one third of the council, every year for three years. Every ward in the city has
  21. three councillors. The Government has decided to change this for Stoke to electing the whole council once every 
  22. four years. This means that the Commission is not constrained to recommending three councillors for each ward.
  23.  
  24. Earlier in the review, the Commission indicated that it was minded to recommend that Stoke-on-Trent should have 45 councillors. However, the Commission has now concluded that 44 coouncillors provides a
  25. better allocation of councillors across the City, ensuring that each area is more equally represented. 
  26.  
  27. Further guidance on responding to an LGBCE consultation is available on the website http://www.lgbce.org.uk.
  28.  
  29. A table of proposed new electoral wards of Stoke-on-Trent can be found here. 
  30.