New ward boundaries for Richmondshire
Local people are being asked to have their say on plans to reduce the number of councillors sitting on Richmondshire District Council by ten.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has announced today (June 27) that it is minded to recommend that from 2019 the authority should have 24 members.
And it wants residents to help re-draw ward boundaries across the district – it needs information from people and groups across Richmondshire to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate the 24 councillors.
In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across the district.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Richmondshire. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Richmondshire or just a small part of the district.”
And Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock, said: “We are glad to see that the commission have agreed with our recommendation for the reduction in size and now hope that local people get involved in this consultation.”-
Residents will have a further chance to have their say after draft recommendations are published in October.
Local people have until 4 September 2017 to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at consultation.lgbce.org.ukand www.lgbce.org.uk.