Local residents were asked for their views on plans that could redraw boundaries of Hedge End Town Council wards within their area and change the number of councillors. Warding is the division of an area for the purpose of electing councillors.
The outcome of the review is set out in the Reorganisation Order which includes a map and schedule detailing the number of parish councillors and wards for each area.
The review, conducted by the Eastleigh Borough Council, looked at the boundaries of the wards in the Hedge End Town Council area, as well as the number of councillors within each ward, and the names of those wards. The review did not look to change boundaries between Hedge End and other parishes.
Called the Community Governance Review (CGR), the four-week consultation for Hedge End finished on Sunday 14 August 2022. CGRs take place to ensure that residents who are able to vote (the electorate) are evenly and fairly represented by councillors in their area.
Thanks to everyone who provided their thoughts and views as part of the consultation.
In accordance with the requirements set out in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, on 5 September 2022 the Borough Council's Administrative Committee considered the responses to the first consultation exercise and the proposal for changes to the current warding arrangements for Hedge End Town Council.
The Committee agreed that the following proposed changes be published and the public view sought through a two-week consultation from Monday 26 September 2022:
That Hedge End Town Council now consists of 4 wards named Kings Copse, Village, Berry and Park to be represented by 18 Councillors divided as follows:
- Kings Copse – 5 Councillors
- Village – 5 Councillors
- Berry – 4 Councillors
- Park – 4 Councillors
What changes were implemented?
Hedge End Town Council previously had nine wards, represented by 22 Town Councillors. The review suggested that the nine wards were combined to create four wards, which have been given new names (see maps below).
It was proposed that these four wards were represented by 18 Town Councillors in total (see breakdown above). This provides a more equal balance between councillors and electors. The proposal was agreed by the Borough Council's Administration Committee on Monday 24 October 2022.
Previous Hedge End Town Council wards
There were previously nine wards, represented by 22 Town Councillors.
Revised Hedge End Town Council wards
Following the Community Governance Review four wards are now represented by 18 Town Councillors.