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Help form plans for council wards
PEOPLE can have a say on the future of ward boundaries in West Dorset.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is calling on the residents of West Dorset to help them draw up plans for a new pattern of council wards for West Dorset District Council.
Following a six-week public consultation, the Commission has announced that currently it is looking to recommend that the district council should only have 43 councillors, five fewer than it currently has.
The Commission is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structures.
The aim of the review is to create electoral equality where each councillor represents about the same number of people.
The Commission wants to hear from West Dorset residents and gauge their suggestions about where ward boundaries should be and which areas residents identify as their local area.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “The starting point of an electoral review is for the Commission to take a view on the number of councillors who should represent the authority in future.
“We are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for the district.”
Mr Caller added: “Your views will make a difference.” West Dorset residents must submit their views on the new ward boundaries by November 11, by either writing to The Review Officer (West Dorset), Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the consultation visit consultation.lgbce.org.uk.
Further details on the review and the existing wards can be found at lgbce.org.uk
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