This is a public consultation and we welcome views from individuals and organisations across Basingstoke and Deane on where they think new ward patterns should be drawn.
The Commission is minded to recommend that 54 councillors should be elected to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in the future. It is now inviting proposals to help it draw up a pattern of wards to accommodate 54 councillors.
In drawing up a pattern of electoral wards, the Commission must balance three legal criteria, namely:
• to deliver electoral equality: where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the borough;
• that the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities;
• that the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.
We are asking local people and organisations for their views as to the best pattern of wards for Basingstoke and Dean, which meet the requirements set out above.
The Commission will treat all submissions equally, and will judge each case on its merits and against the legal criteria. If you wish to put forward a view, we would also urge you to ensure that evidence supports your submission. For example, if you wish to argue that two parishes should be included in the same electoral ward, make sure you tell the Commission why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations, and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together.
There is plenty more advice on our website about how you can get involved in the consultation and put your views forward.