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

1st December 2020

News Release from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

 

Embargoed until: 00:01 01 December 2020

 

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

 

New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Rochdale.

 

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 08 February 2021.

 

Proposed wards for Rochdale

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/North%20West/Greater%20Manchester/Rochdale/Labels.pdf

 

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Rochdale 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 Rochdale. It is proposing that there should be 20 three-councillor wards, the same as there are now. The boundaries of all wards should change.

 

Proposed changes include:

 

The area of Alkrington will be placed entirely within the ward of South Middleton to reflect community identity. The Lower Falinge area will also be included within Spotland and Falinge ward.

 

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

 

“We want people in Rochdale to help us.

“We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Rochdale. 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, their boundaries and the number of councillors per ward on our consultation portal https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/21053

 

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

 

The Review Officer for Rochdale

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

LGBCE

PO Box 133

Blyth

NE24 9FE

 

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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/21053

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