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Have your say on plans to chop 18 councillor jobs

PUBLISHED: 10:31 09 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:31 09 February 2016

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Bexley residents are invited to comment on proposals for new council ward boundaries

People across Bexley are being asked to comment on draft proposals for new council ward boundaries, which are putting the jobs of 18 councillors under threat.

An eight-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and is open to anyone who wants to have their say until April 4.

Recommendations by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission propose that Bexley should have 45 councillors in the future, 18 fewer than the current total, with these 45 representing 11 three-member wards, five two-member wards and two single-member wards across the borough.

Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Bexley and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“Over the next eight 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 Bexley 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 full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the commission’s website at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.

Hard copies of the report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings and libraries.

To make a submission to the commission, write to: The Review Officer (Bexley), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th floor, Millbanks Tower, London SW1P 4QP, or email reviews@lgbce.org.uk.

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