Fewer wards planned in area shake up

Wards: An aerial view of Bamber Bridge, which is part of South Ribble
Wards: An aerial view of Bamber Bridge, which is part of South Ribble

The number of wards across South Ribble could be reduced if a boundary review of the area is approved.

Draft proposals from the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England recommend that the council has 23 wards instead of 27.

Max Caller, chairman of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Max Caller, chairman of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

A 12 week public consultation on the recommendations has started and will run until January 2014.

The draft recommendations propose the council will have 50 councillors in the future, five fewer than now, and those councillors should represent 19 two-member and four three-member wards across the borough.

Currently there’s 26 wards represented by three councillors and one represented by three councillors.

The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across the borough.

Max Caller CBE, Chairman of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across South Ribble and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“Over the next twelve 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 voters so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.”

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available online ar consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies are available to view at council buildings and libraries.