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

3rd August 2021

 

Have your say on a new political map for Luton Borough Council

 

New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Luton Borough Council

 

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 Luton

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/Luton_D_SO.pdf

 

 

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Luton 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 Luton. It is proposing that there should be eight three-councillor wards and twelve two-councillor wards. The boundaries of all wards should change; none will stay the same.

 

Proposed changes include:

 

  • A new Central ward to unify the town centre
  • The northern boundary of High Town ward now extends to Stockingstone Road, while the area between Hitchin Road and Crawley Green Road is now in Round Green ward, creating stronger and more inclusive boundaries in response to resident feedback

  

 

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

 

“We want people in Luton to help us.

“We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Luton. 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://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/eastern/bedfordshire/luton.

 

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

 

Review Officer (Luton)

LGBCE

PO Box 133

Blyth

NE24 9FE

 

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Notes to editors: 

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/25037

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