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Public poll on wards now open

Latest news from the Lancashire Evening Post

Latest news from the Lancashire Evening Post

A public consultation asking residents in part of Lancashire about boundary changes has opened.

Residents in Wyre have until April 8 to submit their views on a Local Government Boundary Commission for England consultation on plans drawing up a new pattern of council wards.

The Commission has announced that it is minded to accept the council’s proposal to reduce the total number of councillors representing the borough to 50, five fewer than the current arrangements.

It now needs information from people and groups across Wyre to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 50 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 borough.

Max Caller, Chairman of the Commission, said: “The starting point of an electoral review is for the Commission to take a view on the number of councillors who should represent the authority in future. On the evidence presented to the Commission, we are minded to recommend that Wyre should have 50 councillors in future.

“We are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for the borough. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.”

Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found on the consultation website by logging on to https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk.

 

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