Test Valley residents: have your say on new ward boundaries
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Test Valley to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.
A nine-week public consultation on the recommendations began on 13 June and will end on 14 August 2017. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Test Valley.
The Boundary Commission previously accepted Test Valley’s council size submission to reduce the number of councillors at the next election to 43 down from 48 – and are now consulting on their proposals for ward boundaries. The recommendations outline that the 43 councillors should represent eight three-councillor wards, seven two-councillor wards and five one-councillor wards across the borough.
Leader of the Council (and former Chair of the Electoral Review Members Group), Councillor Phil North, said:
“Right from the beginning we were clear that we wanted to see a reduction in the amount of Councillors and I’m delighted that the Boundary Commission have endorsed our proposals. Their report also praised the borough council’s submission, upon which they have largely based their recommendations.”
Corporate Portfolio Holder Maureen Flood said: “The public now have the opportunity to have their say to ensure that the Boundary Commissions proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Test Valley. I therefore urge residents to take this opportunity and have their say about where the ward boundaries should be drawn and what improvements, if any, could be made.”
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 Test Valley and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.
“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 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 Test Valley. If you would like to make a submission, please write or email the Commission by 14 August 2017:
Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/9135
Link to the dedicated web page for the Test Valley electoral review: www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/hampshire/test-valley