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New political map for Mid Sussex District Council

1st February 2022

Mid Sussex is set to have new boundaries for its council wards.

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New wards for Mid Sussex

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2022

High resolution map available at https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/South%20East/Mid%20Sussex/Final/Mid-Sussex-Final-Recs-no-labels.jpg

The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed Mid Sussex 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 Mid Sussex. It says residents should be represented by 48 councillors. This is six fewer than under the existing arrangements.  

The 48 councillors should represent one three-councillor ward, 19 two-councillor wards and seven one-councillor wards across the council area.  There will be 27 wards, one more than there are now. The boundaries of three wards (Burgess Hill St Andrews, Copthorne & Worth and Hassocks) will stay the same; all others will change.   

Publishing the recommendations Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: 

“We are very grateful to people in Mid Sussex. 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.”   

71 people and organisations made comments to help decide the new wards.

Changes to our draft proposals, in response to what local people and representatives said include:  

  • The creation of two wards to replace the draft proposal of a three-councillor Burgess Meeds and Victoria ward 
  • The creation of two wards to replace the draft proposal of a three-councillor East Grinstead Baldwins & Imberhorne ward  
  • The inclusion of Twineham parish in Downland Villages ward   

Details can be found on its website at https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/west-sussex/mid-sussex 

Parliament now needs to agree the changes. The new arrangements will then apply for the 2023 council elections.    

 

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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/node/25848

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