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Boundary commission seeks views on 33-seat Wyre Forest council plan
11:20am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
THE independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking residents for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Wyre Forest District Council.
Following a six-week public consultation, the commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 33 councillors in the future - nine fewer than the current arrangements.
The commission now needs information from people and groups across the whole local authority area to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 33 councillors.
In drawing up new boundaries, the commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters.
The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across the district.
Max Caller, chairman of the commission, said: “The starting point of an electoral review is for the commission to take a view on the number of councillors who should represent the authority in future.
“On the evidence presented to the commission, we are minded to recommend that Wyre Forest District Council should have 33 councillors.
“We are now asking local people across Wyre Forest to help us draw up new wards for the whole local authority area. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
“Your views will make a difference. We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review, whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole council area or just a small part of it.”
People have until Tuesday, December 10 to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and lgbce.org.uk.
Residents will have a further chance to have their say after the commission publishes its draft recommendations in March, 2014.
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