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The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published new draft recommendations setting out new electoral arrangements for Sunderland. A summary is attached. 


We propose that 75 councillors should be elected to Sunderland in future. We also propose new ward boundaries across the authority.


A public consultation on the proposals will run from 27 February 2024 to 22 April 2024.


The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the new proposals. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 22 April 2024. 


Proposed wards for Sunderland

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2023

High resolution map available at: https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/sunderland

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Sunderland to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, reflect community identity, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively. 

The commission is proposing 25 wards in Sunderland, all of which will be three-councullor wards.

Proposed changes from our original draft proposals include:

  • Hollycarrside is now included in Ryhope ward in its entirety.
  • All of Silksworth is now contained within a Silksworth ward.

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

“We are publishing new draft recommendations for a new pattern of wards across Sunderland, and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations. 

We want people in Sunderland to help us. 

Residents and local organisations have already helped us in refining our earlier proposals. Now 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”


People can give their views via our website at: https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/sunderland


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


Review Officer (Sunderland)


PO Box 133


NE24 9FE




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://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/sunderland

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

  • Reflect the electoral cycle so that each ward is represented by three councillors 

  • Create boundaries that are appropriate, and reflect community ties and identities

  • Deliver reviews informed by local needs, views and circumstances


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