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Have your say on a new political map for Guildford Borough Council

30th November 2021

New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Guildford Borough Council.

The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 7 February 2022.

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Proposed wards for Guildford

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2021

High resolution map available at https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/South%20East/Surrey/Guildford/Draft/GuildfordDRNoLabels.jpg    

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Guildford to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Guildford to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors and that warding arrangements will help the council work effectively.  

The Commission has published proposals for changes to Guildford. It is proposing that there should be 48 councillors serving 20 wards. Those councillors should represent 10 three-councillor wards, eight two-councillor wards and two single-councillor wards. Three wards will remain the same. 

Proposed changes include: 

  • The creation of a three-councillor Friary ward and a single-councillor St Nicolas ward 
  • The existing Send and Lovelace wards have been merged to create a larger three-councillor ward owing to a high level of development in the current Lovelace ward   

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

“We want people in Guildford to help us.  

“We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Guildford. 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 of 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. https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/have-your-say/24724  

People can also give their views by e-mail at [email protected], and by post: 

Review Officer (Guildford

LGBCE 

PO Box 133 

Blyth 

NE24 9FE 

 

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Notes to editors:  

This consultation relates to the arrangements for local government elections. It is separate from consultations that are currently taking place across England on arrangements for parliamentary elections. 

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/have-your-say/24724  

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