Council urges people to give their views on local ward boundaries

Bristol City Council is urging local people to have their say on the boundaries of local wards as a major project to review the democratic representation of local communities continues. The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards: the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the city. It aims to better balance the number of people represented by each city councillor, whilst also taking in to account people’s views on what makes up their local area.

Local people have until 29 September 2014 to submit their views. Information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the city should continue to be served by 70 councillors; the number suggested in the council’s formal response to an earlier consultation.

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Horfield Common is currently set across 3 wards – have YOUR say regarding its current location!

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol said:

“It is right that the Boundary Commission has responded positively to the unanimous submission by all parties regarding the right number of councillors for a city of Bristol’s size and complexity. The debate is now about where the ward boundaries lie in order to make sure people are best-served by the right number of local councillors proportionate to the number of people they serve.

“This is hugely important in many ways. People hold their local identities dear, with different parts of the city enjoying unique and special characteristics. I am sure that people have strong views when faced with unexpected change, so now is the time for all citizens to get in at the ground floor and contribute their thoughts.

“While receiving advice from the Council or Mayor, the process is completely independent of them. It is run entirely by the independent Boundary Commission which reports to Parliament. I urge all Bristolians and local community organisations to take part and make sure that their voices are heard as the new-look Bristol democratic map is designed.”

To submit thoughts and ideas about where boundaries should be drawn, people can email reviews@lgbce.org.uk, visit www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk or write to:

The Review Officer (Bristol)

Layden House
76-86 Turnmill Street
London EC1M 5LG

At this stage the Commission will want ideas for boundaries and people’s views on what they consider to be their local community, taking in to account where they live, shop and visit for local activities. The Commission will then produce draft proposals to be published in December 2014, at which point a second consultation will ask for feedback on their proposed wards.

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