Local views sought on number of councillors for Broxtowe
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people how many councillors they think should represent Broxtowe Borough Council in the future.
The six-week public consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will also consider changes to the number, names and boundaries of the council’s wards.
The Commission has considered evidence submitted to it by the council and is now consulting residents on a proposal that would see the authority continue to be represented by 44 councillors.
The Commission is asking local people whether they think 44 is still the right number of councillors for Broxtowe or whether there should be more, or fewer, councillors in future.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said:
“This is your chance to shape your council for the future.
“We are asking people across the borough whether they agree that 44 councillors is still the right number to represent Broxtowe.
“We want to know if you think 44 is the right number of councillors to be able to take decisions effectively and whether it’s the right number to represent the interests of all the borough’s communities.
“If you don’t agree that Broxtowe should be represented by 44 councillors, we want you to tell us your alternative and why you think there should be more, or fewer, members of the council in the future.
“Once we have taken a view on the number of councillors, we will re-draw ward boundaries to accommodate those elected members and we will ask local people to have their say during that process as well.”
Further information about the review is available at www.lgbce.org.ukResidents can have their say directly at consultation.lgbce.org.uk
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Write to:The Review Officer (Broxtowe)Local Government Boundary Commission for England
76-86 Turnmill Street
London EC1M 5LG
The current phase of consultation closes on 14th October 2013.
Once it has considered the evidence provided by local people and organisations, the Commission will publish its proposal on the total number of councillors in November 2013 and then begin to gather information to help draw up new ward boundaries.
The Commission aims to publish its draft recommendations for a new pattern of wards for Broxtowe in April 2014 when it will consult local people again.
Final recommendations are due to be published in October 2014 and the new electoral arrangements would come into effect for the council elections in 2015.
Published by Local Government Boundary Commission for England.