Have your say on proposed boundary changes

Northamptonshire residents are being invited to have their say on boundary changes which propose a cut in the number of county councillors.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people to comment on its draft proposals for new electoral arrangements for Northamptonshire County Council.

An eight-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on August 13.

The commission’s draft recommendations 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: “Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for Northamptonshire’s voters. This means each county councillor represents a similar number of people 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 the county and that the pattern of divisions can help the county council deliver effective local government to local people.”

Anyone wanting to make representations should do so by August 13, by writing to The Review Officer (Northamptonshire), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG, or by emailing reviews@lgbce.org.uk.

The full recommendations and detailed maps are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/east-midlands/northamptonshire/northamptonshire-cc-fer.

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