*Boundary Review consultation

Update: the consultation has been put on hold.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is inviting proposals for new warding arrangements for Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

After considering all representations made during this consultation, the Commission intends to publish draft recommendations in May 2018. There will then be a further period of consultation on the draft recommendations. Final recommendations are expected to be published in September 2018. The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in 2019.

What is an electoral review?

The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. It will propose:

•    the total number of councillors elected to the council in the future;
•    the number of wards;
•    the number of councillors representing each ward;
•    ward boundaries;
•    the names of wards.

How to get involved

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.



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