Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Local views sought on number of councillors for North West Leicestershire

The following media release has been issued by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.

Please take the time to make your views known.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people how many councillors they think should represent North West Leicestershire District Council.

The Commission wants to know whether the district should continue to be represented by 38 councillors or whether there should be more, or fewer, district councillors in future.

The six-week public consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will also consider changes to the number, names and boundaries of the council’s wards.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “This is your chance to shape your council for the future.
“We are asking people across the district if they agree that 38 councillors is still the right number to represent North West Leicestershire in future.

“We want to know if you think 38 is the right number of councillors to be able to take decisions effectively and whether it’s the right number to represent the interests of all North West Leicestershire’s communities.

“If you don’t agree that North West Leicestershire should be represented by 38 councillors, we’d like you to tell us your alternative and why you think there should be more, or fewer, members of the council in the future.

“Once we have taken a view on the number of councillors, we will re-draw ward boundaries to accommodate those elected members and we will be asking local people to have their say during that process as well.”

Further information about the review is available at www.lgbce.org.uk
Residents can have their say directly at consultation.lgbce.org.uk
Or email reviews@lgbce.org.uk to find out more.

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The current phase of consultation closes on 18 February 2013. Once it has considered the evidence provided by local people and organisations, the Commission will publish its proposal on the total number of councillors in March 2013 and then begin to gather information to help draw up new ward boundaries.

The Commission aims to publish its draft recommendations for a new pattern of in August 2013 when it will consult local people again. Final recommendations are due to be published in January 2014 and the new electoral arrangements would come into effect for the council elections in 2015.

To have your say, write to:
The Review Officer (NW Leicestershire)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
Layden House
76-86 Turnmill Street
London
EC1M 5LG

Or email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

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