New political map for Medway Council
Medway Council is set to have new boundaries for its council wards.
New wards for Medway Council
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The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed 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 final recommendations for changes in Medway. It says residents should be represented by 59 councillors. This is four more than current arrangements.
There will be 24 wards with one, two or three councillors per ward. The boundaries of all wards will change.
Publishing the recommendations Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We are very grateful to people in Medway. We looked at all the views they gave us. They helped us improve our earlier proposals.
“We believe the new arrangements will guarantee electoral fairness while maintaining local ties.”
People and organisations made over 600 comments to help decide the new wards. Changes in response to what local people said include:
- moving from a three member Halling, Cuxton and Strood Riverside ward to a two member Cuxton, Halling and Riverside ward, based on the strong community evidence provided to the Commission
- based on the responses received during the most recent phase of consultation, proposing new boundaries for Watling
The Commission has made further changes to its earlier proposals. Details can be found on its website at https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/kent/medway.
Parliament now needs to agree the changes. The new arrangements will then apply for the 2023 council elections.
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/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