Extra chance to have say on division boundaries across Sevenoaks
Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a new phase of
public consultation in its review of Kent County Council’s electoral division
consultation focuses on new proposals for county division boundaries in
have until 26 October 2015 to have their say on the proposals before the
Commission finalises its recommendations for new electoral divisions for the
year, the Commission held a public consultation on proposals for new division
boundaries across Kent. The Commission has listened to the views put to it
during consultation and now proposes to make changes to the plans to reflect
local evidence. Due to the significance of the proposed changes in Sevenoaks,
the Commission is re-opening its consultation with local people to see what
they think of the new recommendations.
consultation is limited to the Commission’s new proposals in Sevenoaks. Details
of the recommendations, including maps of the proposals, are available on the
Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk or at the dedicated review page
for the electoral review of Kent at /current-reviews/south-east/kent/kent-county-council.
Mellors, Deputy Chair of the Commission, said: “We listened carefully to all
the views put to us on new electoral division boundaries earlier this year and
have made changes to the original recommendations. We are now asking local
people to have their say on the revised proposals for Sevenoaks.
some strong arguments made to us that an alternative pattern of divisions in
Sevenoaks might better reflect local community interests and identities. That
is why we are now putting these recommendations forward for consultation.
“We are asking
local people to log on to our website to tell us what they think about these
proposals before we publish final recommendations for the whole county in
have their say in writing:
floor, Millbank Tower
London SW1P 4QP
Or email: [email protected]
0330 500 1250 / 1525
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
local government external boundaries and structures.
Commission is carrying out an electoral review of Kent County Council to
provide for ‘electoral equality’; that means each county 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.
types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:
the proposed electoral divisions in Sevenoaks reflect local communities?
do you think the proposals can be improved whilst maintaining electoral
the names of the proposed divisions right?
have from 29 September until 26 October 2015 to have their say about where
division boundaries in Sevenoaks should be drawn. The Commission will consider
all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in January 2016.
Once the Commission agrees its final recommendations it will lay a draft order
in both Houses of Parliament. Parliament will then have 40 days in which
to consider the recommendations. If both Houses are satisfied with the
recommendations, the draft order will be ‘made’ and the new divisions will come
into effect at the county council elections in 2017.
Commission is satisfied that it has received sufficient evidence to finalise
new electoral division boundaries for the rest of Kent and aims to publish a
full set of final recommendations for Kent County Council in January 2016.