Have your say on county electoral boundary changes

Time is running out left for people in Northamptonshire to have their say on new electoral boundaries across the county.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is currently consulting local people on its draft proposals for new electoral division boundaries across Northamptonshire, and this will close on Monday, August 13.

The Commission’s draft plans propose that Northamptonshire County Council should have 57 county councillors in the future, 16 fewer than under the current arrangements.

The proposals would mean those councillors would represent 57 single-member electoral divisions across Northamptonshire.

Max Caller, chair of the commission, said: “We’re asking local people to log on to our website or visit their local library to have a look at our proposals for new boundaries for the county council’s electoral divisions. We’re keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations and we’re asking them 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 voters in elections to Northamptonshire County Council. This means that each 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 aim to ensure that the county council’s divisions reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of Northamptonshire’s local communities.

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

The full recommendations and detailed maps are available on the Commission’s website at http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/east-midlands/northamptonshire/northamptonshire-cc-fer. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps have also been made available to view at council buildings and libraries.

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Northamptonshire County Council. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 13 August 2012:

The Review Officer (Northamptonshire)

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Layden House

76-86 Turnmill Street

London EC1M 5LG

Or email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk