Clock Ticking For Ward Boundaries Consultation

    There is still time for local people to tell the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England where they think new council ward boundaries should be drawn across Leeds.

    The Commission is asking people and organisations for their help to produce a new pattern of wards for 99 city councillors.

    The aim of an electoral review is to provide for ‘electoral equality’; that means each councillor representing approximately the same number of electors. The Commission must also have regard to community identity and interests and providing effective and convenient local government.

    Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up a new pattern of council wards for the whole city.

    “We want to hear local views on where people think the focal point of their community is and where the natural boundaries between communities might lie."

    “As we draw new boundaries, we will try to ensure that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. We also aim to produce a pattern of wards that reflects the interests and identities of local communities."

    “The Commission will carefully consider all evidence presented to it during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole city or just a small part of it.”

    The Commission is gathering local views before it draws up draft recommendations for a new pattern of wards which are due to be published in November. Local residents and organisations will then get another chance to have their say in a further round of consultation.

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