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Further chance to have your say on a new political map for Medway Council 

1st December 2020

The Local Government Boundary Commission is proposing new boundaries for council wards in the east of Medway. The Commission is satisfied that it has received sufficient evidence in earlier rounds of consultation to finalise new ward boundaries for the rest of Medway. 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.

 

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Proposed wards for the east of Medway

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/South%20East/Kent/Medway/FDR/Medway%20FDR%20launch%20without%20labels%20map.jpg

 

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Medway 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 east of Medway. It is proposing that there should be three two-councillor wards and three three-councillor wards. It is proposing changes to the makeup of wards in the Darland, Hale, Hempstead, Rainham, Twydall, Watling and Wigmore areas.

 

Proposed changes include:

  • In response to resident’s comments, the area east of Hawthorne Avenue will be transferred from Twydall to a Rainham ward.
  • Wigmore residents will now be united in a single ward

  

Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:

“We are publishing further recommendations for a new pattern of wards across the east of Medway and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“We want people in Medway to help us.

“We have drawn up further proposals for new wards in the east 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/19557

 

People can also give their views by e-mail at reviews@lgbce.org.uk, and by post:

Review Officer (Medway)
LGBCE

PO Box 133
Blyth
NE24 9FE

 

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Notes to editors: 

For further information contact the Commission’s press office on 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email press@lgbce.org.uk

An interactive map is available at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/19557

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