Further chance to have your say on a new political map for East Staffordshire Borough Council
New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in the west and south of East Staffordshire. The Local Government Boundary Commission is satisfied that it has received sufficient evidence in earlier rounds of consultation to finalise new ward boundaries for the rest of the borough. A full set of final recommendations for the council will be published in March 2021.
The Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A six-week consultation on the proposals will run until 11 January 2021.
Proposed wards for the south and west of East Staffordshire
Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2020
High resolution map available at https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/West%20Midlands/East%20Staffordshire/Further%20draft/East_Staffs_FDR_nolabels2.jpg
The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing East Staffordshire to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.
The Commission has published proposals for changes to the south and west of East Staffordshire. It is proposing that there should be one single-councillor ward, one two councillor ward and one three-councillor ward. It is proposing changes to the makeup of the draft recommendations wards of Abbey & Weaver, Bagots, Barton & Yoxall, Branston & Needwood, Uttoxeter North and Uttoxeter South.
Proposed changes include:
- A council size of 37 borough councillors.
- A new Bagots & Needwood ward which is rural in nature, and brings together Barton under Needwood, Tatenhill & Rangemore and Dunstall parishes.
- Splitting Abbey & Weaver into two smaller wards; Stramshall & Weaver and Abbey.
- Including Uttoxeter Rural parish with other rural parishes, rather than with Uttoxeter Town.
Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We want people in East Staffordshire to help us.
“We have drawn up further proposals for new wards in the south and west of the borough. We want to make sure these new electoral arrangements reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.
“Residents and local organisations can help us do that. We would like them to let us know whether they agree with our proposals before we take final decisions.
“It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us.
“Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved”
The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can see the detail of the proposals and comment on the names of wards and their boundaries at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/18788
People can also give their views by e-mail at [email protected], and by post:
Review Officer (East Staffordshire)
PO Box 133
Notes to editors:
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email [email protected]
An interactive map is available at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/18788
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent body accountable to Parliament. It recommends fair electoral and boundary arrangements for local authorities in England. In doing so, it aims to:
- Make sure that, within an authority, each councillor represents a similar number of electors
- Create boundaries that are appropriate, and reflect community ties and identities
- Deliver reviews informed by local needs, views and circumstances