Fewer Surrey Heath councillors in proposed new ward boundaries

A news release on 30th January from Surrey Heath Borough Council on local government boundary consultation, for Surrey Heath wards, [Click on image to expand, and to link to the Boundary Commission website]

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Surrey Heath to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.

boundariesAn eight-week public consultation on the recommendations will end on 20 March 2017. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Surrey Heath.

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that the Surrey Heath should have 35 councillors in the future, five fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent seven three-councillor wards and seven two-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 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 Surrey Heath 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 Surrey Heath 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 Surrey Heath. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email by 20 March 2017:

The Review Officer (Surrey Heath), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th floor, Millbank Tower, London SW1P 4QP

Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/8610

Link to the dedicated web page for the Surrey Heath electoral review: www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/surrey/surrey-heath

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