Have your say - a new system of voting equality could be introduced at East Cambridgeshire District Council

PUBLISHED: 10:37 17 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:37 17 November 2015

East Cambridgeshire District Council

East Cambridgeshire District Council

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Plans to create a fair voting system in the Ely area have gone under the spotlight and needs the view of local people.

New council boundaries and names could be introduced as part of plans to provide voting equality by creating wards that are roughly the same size.

Max Caller, CBE, chair of the Independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across East Cambridgeshire to comment on draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.

Mr Caller said: “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.

“We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across East Cambridgeshire and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across East Cambridgeshire and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.

“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.”

The eight-week public consultation end on January 11.

The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say.

“We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole district or just part of it,” he said.

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that East Cambridgeshire District Council should have 28 councillors in the future - which is 11 fewer than the current arrangements.

The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent three single-member wards, eight two-member wards and three three-member wards across the district.

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings and libraries.

As much evidence and viewpoints as possible are being called for to develop final recommendations for East Cambridgeshire District Council.


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