Residents invited to help shape city council's electoral ward boundaries
News release from 1 June 2018, 1:49pm
RESIDENTS are being invited to get involved in a review of electoral boundaries in Cambridge.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has begun a consultation asking for views on a new pattern of council wards for Cambridge City Council.
The Commission has announced that Cambridge should have 42 councillors in future, the same as it has now, which means there will be no change from the current arrangements.
However, ward boundaries across the city are set to change.
The Commission’s goal is to provide electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters. The review will also take into account the interests and identities of communities across Cambridge.
The Commission is asking anyone with an opinion about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward to get in touch.
Interactive maps have been published at www.lgbce.org.uk (or directly to the consultation portal: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk) to help people give their views and the Commission has said it will give weight to evidence backed proposals.
The consultation runs until 6 August and residents will then have a further chance to have their say after the Commission publishes its draft recommendations in October.
New wards are scheduled to come into effect at the 2020 city council elections.
Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of the Council, said: “While the council will still have 42 councillors, redrawing the city council’s electoral map is an important task. It will change long established electoral wards that people have become accustomed to over the years.
“I would urge people to take a look at the Commission’s website, find out more and have their say on where they feel the lines should be drawn to best reflect their community.”
As well as going online, residents can also have their say on the new electoral arrangements by writing to: The Review Officer (Cambridge), LGBCE, 14th floor, Millbank Tower, London SW1P 4QP, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Commission can be followed on Twitter: @LGBCE