As we resurface bleary-eyed from too much Netflix, COVID, home-schooling- county council elections and going back to work – there comes post Census – A Boundary Commission Review!
A new pattern of wards is being developed for Waverley Borough Council.
The Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 19 July 2021.
Do they? Do they really want our views? We thought. their minds were already made up – and councillor representation will fall from 57 down to 50?
The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Waverley to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements help the council work effectively. It wants to be sure that its proposals reflect community ties and identities.
The Commission is interested in views on which communities should be part of the same ward. What facilities do people share, such as parks, leisure centres or schools and shopping areas? What issues do neighbouring communities face that they have in common, such as high numbers of visitors or heavy traffic? Have there been new housing or commercial developments that have changed the focus of communities? And are there roads, rivers, railways or other features that people believe form strong boundaries between neighbourhoods?
The Commission will use local views to help it draw up proposals for new ward boundaries. There will be a further round of consultation once the Commission has drawn up those proposals. Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We want people in Waverley to help us. We are starting to draw up new wards for Waverley. We want our proposals for new electoral arrangements to reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.”
“Residents and local organisations can help us understand community ties and identities at this early stage of the process. It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us. Just tell us what you think and give us some details about why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved.”
The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can give their views: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/have-your-say/27237
People can also give their views by e-mail at email@example.com, and by post: Review Officer (WAVERLEY) LGBCEPO Box 133 Blyth NE24 9FE