Ward boundaries set to change in South Ribble

Leader of South Ribble Council, Margaret Smith
Leader of South Ribble Council, Margaret Smith
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South Ribble is set to get a new pattern of wards and boundaries in time for the next local elections.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people in the area for help to draw up a new list of council wards, to accommodate changes to the number of councillors representing the borough.

Following a six-week public consultation earlier this year, the Commission has announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 50 councillors in the future, five fewer than the current arrangements.

Leader of South Ribble Council, Coun Margaret Smith, said: “We were asked by the Boundary Commission to look at our ward boundaries.

“We put a cross-party group of councillors together, and we agreed to put forward the suggestion of reducing our numbers to 50 members.

“We thought that would be an acceptable number, which would allow us to continue representing South Ribble’s population effectively.

“The Boundary Commission agreed with us and, having consulted on the new number of councillors, they are now inviting people to air their views about our ward boundaries.

“This is just one phase of a long and very detailed process.

“Any changes would come into effect in time for our next full borough elections in 2015.”

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 the borough.

Residents have until August 5 to submit their views on this part of the review process, and will have a further chance to have their say after the Commission publishes its draft recommendations in October this year.

Visit consultation.lgbce.org.uk for more information.