Borough residents to have their say on new ward boundaries

Consultation on ward boundaries

Page last updated at 30 June 2016 at 10:40

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across the Borough of Eastleigh to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.

An eight-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 4 July 2016. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Eastleigh.

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that the Eastleigh Borough Council should have 39 councillors in the future, five fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent eleven three-member wards and three two-member wards across the borough.

Council leader Cllr Keith House commented, “We are pleased that the Commission has accepted our recommendation of a smaller council, and the value of wards based around our Local Area Committees.  The Commission has largely agreed with the Council’s proposed warding arrangements and we welcome further public comment before these are finalised.”

Have your say directly through the Commision's consultation portal;

Link to the dedicated webpage for Eastleigh electoral review

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

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Eastleigh and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations. Over the next eight weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved. Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.”

He added, “We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Eastleigh and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people. We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole borough or just part of it.”

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Eastleigh. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email them by 4 July 2016: The Review Officer (Eastleigh) Local Government Boundary Commission for England 14th floor, Millbank Tower London SW1P 4QP