Have your say on new county division boundaries

Kent County Council is encouraging people across the county to comment on proposals for new county council division boundaries.

An eight-week public consultation has been launched by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission today and will end on 6 July.

The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw boundaries across the UK and could see three fewer KCC councillors.

Graham Gibbens

Graham Gibbens

Chairman of Kent County Council’s Electoral and Boundary Review Committee Graham Gibbens said: “This is an opportunity for everyone in the county to have their say on how county councillors represent the people of Kent in the future.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to look at the Boundary Commission’s proposals and to take part in this consultation.”

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Kent County Council should have 81 county councillors in the future, three fewer than the current arrangements.

The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent 65 single-member divisions and 8 dual-member divisions across the county.

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk

Hard copies of the report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings and libraries.

Chair of the Commission Max Caller CBE said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of electoral divisions across Kent and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“Over the next eight 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 county councillor represents a similar number of electors so that everyone’s vote in county council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.

“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Kent and that the pattern of divisions can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.

“We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole county or just part of it.”

To make a submission, write or email by 6 July to:

The Review Officer (Kent)
LGBCE
14th floor, Millbank Tower
London
SW1P 4QP

Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal:
https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/4285 

Link to the dedicated web page for the Kent electoral review:
www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/kent/kent-county-council

Have your say on new county division boundaries was last modified: May 12th, 2015 by Thom Morris