Political map of Central Bedfordshire set to change
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Central Bedfordshire Council.
The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the council.
The Commission has also announced that Central Bedfordshire should have 63 councillors in future: 4 more than the current arrangements.
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In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Central Bedfordshire.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Central Bedfordshire. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
“If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Central Bedfordshire, then this consultation is for you.
“If you’re interested in the way the council is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.
“Your views will make a difference.
“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review, whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Central Bedfordshire or just a small part of the council.
“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in March”.
Local people have until 13 January 2020 to submit their views in this consultation. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.
Notes to editors:
- The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of councils’ external boundaries and structures.
- The aim of the ward boundary changes is to provide for ‘electoral equality’; that means each councillor representing approximately the same number of electors. The Commission must also have regard to community identity and interests and providing effective and convenient local government
- The types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:
- Do you have suggestions about where your ward boundaries should be?
- Which areas do you identify as your local community?
- Where do people in your area go to access local facilities such as shops and leisure activities?
- Residents have from 22 October 2019 until 13 January 2020 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Central Bedfordshire’s 63 councillors should be drawn. The Commission will then publish its draft recommendations in March 2020 and open a further phase of consultation with local people. New wards are scheduled to come into effect at the 2023 council elections.
- The electoral review of Central Bedfordshire is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries, which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.
- Members of the public can have their say on the new electoral arrangements by writing to:
The Review Officer (Central Bedfordshire)
1st Floor, Windsor House
50 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0TL
Email: [email protected]
Follow the Commission on Twitter: @LGBCE
Go directly to the Commission’s consultation portal at: consultation.lgbce.org.uk
Find out more on our website at: www.lgbce.org.uk
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1250 / 1525 or email: [email protected]