Have your say on proposed new ward boundaries
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across the Borough of Scarborough to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.
An eleven-week public consultation on the recommendations begins this week and will end on 15 January 2018. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across the borough.
The commission’s draft recommendations propose that the borough should have 46 councillors in the future, four fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent eight three-councillor wards, ten two-councillor wards and two 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
Hard copies of the commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England said:
"We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across the Borough of Scarborough and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.
"Over the next eleven 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 the borough 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. If you would like to make a submission to the commission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: The Review Officer (Scarborough), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th floor, Millbank Tower, London, SW1P 4QP no later than 15 January 2018.
The commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in April 2018. Once the commission agrees its final recommendations, it will lay a draft order in both Houses of Parliament. Parliament will then have 40 days in which to consider the recommendations. If both the House of Commons and the House of Lords are satisfied with the recommendations, the draft order will be 'made' and the new wards will come into effect at the Scarborough Borough Council elections in May 2019.