Local Government Boundary Review
Have your say on new council ward boundaries in Ashford
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Ashford to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.
An eight-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 3 April 2017. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Ashford.
The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that the Ashford should have 47 councillors in the future, four more than the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent eight two-councillor wards and 31 one-councillor wards across the borough.
The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and http://www.lgbce.org.uk/. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Ashford and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.
“Over the next eight weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.
“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.
“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Ashford and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.
“We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole borough or just part of it.”
The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations for Ashford. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email them by 3 April 2017:
Write to: The Review Officer (Ashford), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th floor, Millbank Tower, London SW1P 4QP
Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/8512
Visit the dedicated web page for the Ashford electoral review: www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/kent/ashford
For further information contact:
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