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Ward boundaries consultation coming to a close

PUBLISHED: 15:11 23 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:11 23 October 2015

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The public consultation is asking the public to say where they feel council ward boundaries should be drawn

A public consultation into council ward boundaries comes to a close in a matter of weeks.

On November 16 this phase of the consultation will come to a close.

The consultation gives local people the chance to tell the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England where they think new council ward boundaries should be drawn across Bexley.

Chair of the commission, Max Caller, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up a new pattern of council wards for the whole borough.

“We want to hear local views on where people think the focal point of their community is and where the natural boundaries between communities might lie.

The Commission is working towards drawing new boundaries which will see 18 fewer councillors than current plans.

Currently there are three councillors for every ward in Bexley, under this commissions plans wards would have between one and three, rather than all wards having the same number.

Mr Caller said: “As we draw new boundaries, we will try to ensure that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. We also aim to produce a pattern of wards that reflects the interests and identities of local communities.”

“The commission will carefully consider all evidence presented to it during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole borough or just a small part of it.”

Under new plans there will be a new pattern of wards for 45 councillors.

There will be another round of public consultation after draft recommendations are published in February 2016.


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