01-Jul-2016

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Huntingdonshire 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 22 August 2016. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Huntingdonshire.

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Huntingdonshire should have 52 councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent eight single-member wards, ten two-member wards and eight three-member wards across the district.

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings and libraries.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: "We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Huntingdonshire 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 Huntingdonshire 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 district or just part of it."

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Huntingdonshire. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please make a comment via the consultation portal, email reviews@lgbce.org.uk or write to the address below by 22 August 2016:

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