Your views sought on future electoral arrangements for West Somerset
|Published: 10th November 2009 10:54|
Local residents are being invited to give their views on what their council looks like, as the independent Boundary Committee for England began an electoral review of West Somerset District Council last month.
The review will consider changes to the number of councillors on the council, and the number and boundaries of the council's electoral wards.
Max Caller, Chair of the Boundary Committee, said: "Having fair electoral boundaries is important for local democracy.
"The purpose of a review is to try to ensure that each councillor represents around the same number of people and that every elector's vote is worth the same. That's not the case at the moment: Alcombe East ward has 40% fewer electors per councillor than the average for the council area, whereas Williton has 17% more."
"We'll also be looking to take into account local community identities.This is your chance to shape your council for the future."
The Committee's consultation closes on 18 January 2010. Once it has considered the evidence provided by local people and organisations, the Committee will publish a set of draft recommendations showing what the proposed new ward boundaries will be. Those draft recommendations will then be subject to further public consultation next year. The review is likely to finish in autumn 2010.
Further information on electoral reviews and guidance on what sort of information the Committee is looking for should be available at council offices, in your local library, or on the Boundary Committee's website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk
To have your say, please write to:
The Review Officer (West Somerset)
The Boundary Committee for England
30 Great Peter Street
Or email email@example.com
The Electoral Commission's advice on submitting representations to the Boundary Committee
- We don't expect views from everybody on the whole district - its fine to tell us about one parish or area that you know about.
- Remember each ward has a knock-on effect on other wards around it. Sometimes a proposed ward in one area can create problems in a neighbouring area.
- Provide evidence of community identities and links between different communities. Use evidence rather than assertion.
- Use easily identifiable boundaries, such as main roads, railway lines or rivers, or existing parish boundaries.
- Talk to local residents, councillors and parish or town councils about community identity and community representation.
- Be clear, and use the maps provided on the website (address above).