Councillors in Cheshire West and Chester to lose seats in boundary commission revamp

Published date: 29 March 2017 |
Published by: Neil Bellis 
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Six councillors look set to lose their seats as the Boundary Commission has announced a review into Cheshire West and Chester boundaries.

Members of the public are being asked for their views on potential changes to the boundaries of council wards in Cheshire West and Chester – including reducing the number of councillors in the borough to 69.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will redraw ward boundaries across the council area.

The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 69 councillors in the future: six fewer than the current arrangements.

The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Cheshire West and Chester to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 69 councillors.

In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Cheshire West and Chester.

Professor Colin Mellors, chairman of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Cheshire West and Chester. 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 Cheshire West and Chester, then this consultation is for you.

“Alternatively, if you’re simply interested in the way the council is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.

“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 Cheshire West and Chester or just a small part of the council area.

“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in September.”

Residents have until June 5, 2017, to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk

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