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Have your say on new political map of Central Bedfordshire Council

30th June 2020

New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Central Bedfordshire.

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 September 2020.

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Proposed wards for Central Bedfordshire

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2020

High resolution map available at https://go.aws/31jm1B9  

 

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Central Bedfordshire 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 Central Bedfordshire. It is proposing that there should be 12 three-councillor wards, 10 two-councillor wards and seven one-councillor wards. 18 wards should change and 11 will stay the same.

 

The Commission is proposing that the parishes of Henlow and Stondon be placed together in Clifton, Henlow & Langford ward. The Commission was persuaded by evidence that demonstrated community links between these parishes.

 

Houghton Conquest & Haynes and Northill wards will remain the same after the Commission received strong evidence arguing that any change to these wards would damage strong community ties in this area. 

 

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

 

“We want people in Central Bedfordshire to help us.

“We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Central Bedfordshire. 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. https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/have-your-say/18789

 

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

 

Review Officer (Central Bedfordshire)

LGBCE c/o Cleardata

Innovation House

Coniston Court

Riverside Business Park

Blyth

NE24 4RP

 

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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/have-your-say/18789

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