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News Release: Have your say on a new political map for Amber Valley Borough Council

3rd August 2021

 

New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Amber Valley.

 

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 11 October 2021.

Proposed wards for Amber Valley Borough Council

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/East%20Midlands/Derbyshire/Amber%20Valley/Draft/NoLabels.jpg

 

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Amber Valley 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 Amber Valley. It is proposing that there should be 42 councillors, a reduction of three from the current 45. There will be six three-councillor wards, 11 two-councillor wards and two one-councillor wards.

 

Proposals include:

 

Retaining the existing three-member Alfreton ward, following the same boundaries as the town council.

 

Creating a new Crich & South Wingfield ward that reflects the rural nature of the parishes west of the A38.

 

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

“We want people in Amber Valley to help us.

“We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Amber Valley. 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 and their boundaries. https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/25039

 

People can also give their views by e-mail at reviews@lgbce.org.uk, and by post:

 

Review Officer (Amber Valley)

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 press@lgbce.org.uk

 

An interactive map is available at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/25039.

 

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