The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people to help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Reigate and Banstead Borough Council.
The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will redraw ward boundaries across the borough.
Earlier this year the council gave its view to the independent commission that there should be 45 councillors in future, down from the current 51: the commission says it’s minded to recommend that.
In looking at ward boundaries, the commission will aim to ensure each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters, and that new wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Reigate and Banstead.
Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the commission, said:
“We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Reigate and Banstead. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Reigate and Banstead, then this consultation is for you.
If you’re interested in the way the borough is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.
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 of Reigate and Banstead or just a small part of the borough.
Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in June.”
The consultation runs until 9 April 2018 and can be found on a commission webpage, which also contains further information and interactive maps.
Anyone who wants to comment by post can write to: The Review Officer (Reigate and Banstead), LGBCE, 14th floor, Millbank Tower, London SW1P 4QP
The review is happening because the last one was around 20 years ago, and patterns of population in the borough have changed since then.
Our earlier article on the council debate ahead of the boundary review