Fenland residents have your say on boundary changes

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The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Fenland to comment on its draft proposals for new electoral arrangements for Fenland District Council.

An eleven-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 7 January 2013. The consultation is open to anyone in Fenland who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across the district.

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Fenland District Council should have 39 district councillors in the future: one fewer than under the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent 15 single-member, six two-member and four three-member wards across the district.

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

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Fenland and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“Over the next eleven 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 district councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in district council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.

“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Fenland 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 district or just a part of it.

“Our draft recommendations are broadly based on evidence presented to us by the council. We have an open mind about further suggestions from local people to change and improve these recommendations.

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Fenland District Council. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by January 7 2013.