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News Release: Have your say on a new political map for Bolton Council

3rd August 2021

 

New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Bolton.

 

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 Bolton 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/North%20West/Greater%20Manchester/Bolton/Map_nolabels.jpg

 

 

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Bolton 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 Bolton. It is proposing that there should be 60 councillors, the same as now. There will continue to be 20 wards, with three councillors per ward. However, all ward boundaries will change to make sure councillors represent a similar number of electors, and to reflect community identities.

 

Proposed changes include:

 

Moving the boundary between Kearsley and Farnworth based on the strong community evidence provided

 

Reflecting evidence from the local community by creating two Farnworth wards, Farnworth North and Farnworth South.

 

Including Bradshaw Brow and Bradshaw Cricket Club in the proposed Bradshaw & Bromley Cross ward.   

  

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

“We want people in Bolton to help us.

“We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Bolton. 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/24340

 

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

 

Review Officer (Bolton)

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/24340

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