Consultation on borough’s political map closes shortly

Proposed map from LGBCE (contains Ordnance Survey data, Crown copyright)

 

There’s not much time left for residents to have their say on the future political map of Reigate & Banstead, as a public consultation closes on Monday 13 August (2018).

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is looking at how the borough’s wards are laid out, because population patterns have changed since the last review 20 years ago.

It’s a particularly big redraw because, under the plans, the number of councillors will be cut to 45 from the present 51, and all wards will now have the same number of councillors (three).

The independent commission has been running a public consultation, which “will close on 13 August”.

Views can be provided directly via a commission webpage, which includes links to an interactive map and other information.

Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the commission, said last week:

“This is the last chance for local people to have their say on ward boundaries for all borough councillors in Reigate and Banstead.

We want to hear evidence from the people who know Reigate and Banstead best about the shape of local communities across the borough before we finalise our recommendations in October.”

There’s already been one earlier consultation, in which the individuals, political parties and the council submissions: those views informed the current plans that are under consultation.

Previous articles about the boundary review can be found here.

In looking at where to draw the lines on the map, the commission has to try to ensure each councillor represents a similar number of people, while keeping communities together.

As a result of the boundary review, there’ll be an all-seat election in May 2019, before the borough returns to the normal by-thirds system, where a third of councillors are elected each year, in three out of four years.

The boundary changes only affect borough council boundaries, not county council or parliamentary ones.

 

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