Electoral Review of East Sussex County Council and Districts

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Electoral Review of East Sussex County Council and Districts

East Sussex residents: have your say on new local government boundaries

UPDATE:

This Council's response to the review is going through our committee process.  Read more here -

Overview and Scrutiny Committee 18 April 2016

Cabinet 9 May 2016

New boundaries drawn up for every county, borough and district council seat

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across East Sussex to comment on its draft proposals for new local government boundaries across the county.

The Commission has drawn up recommendations for new electoral division boundaries for every county council seat as well as new ward boundaries for every councillor elected to East Sussex's five district and borough councils. 

The proposals affect voters for East Sussex County Council, Eastbourne Borough Council, Hastings Borough Council, Lewes District Council, Rother District Council and Wealden District Council.

The thirteen-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and ended on 16 June 2016.

The Commission's draft recommendations also propose that East Sussex County Council should have 50 councillors in the future, one more than the current arrangements. For East Sussex's district and borough councils, the recommendations propose that Wealden District Council should have 45 councillors in future, ten fewer than the current arrangements. For all the other councils in East Sussex - Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes and Rother - the Commission proposes to retain the current number of district councillors.

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 Commission's report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: "We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards and electoral divisions across East Sussex and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

"The recommendations will affect the seats to which every single county, borough and district councillor is elected across East Sussex.

"Over the next thirteen 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 councillor represents a similar number of electors so that everyone's vote in local 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 East Sussex and that the pattern of wards or divisions 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 entire county or just part of it.

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for all six East Sussex councils. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 16 June:

 

The Review Officer (East Sussex)
14th floor, Millbank Tower
London SW1P 4QP
Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

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Have your say directly through the Commission's consultation portal:

East Sussex County Council: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/6010
Eastbourne Borough Council: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/6014
Hastings Borough Council: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/6012
Lewes District Council: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/6013
Rother District Council: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/6015
Wealden District Council: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/6011 

Link to the dedicated web page for the East Sussex electoral reviews:

www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/east-sussex/east-sussex-county-council

For further information contact:

Press Office: 0330 500 1250 / 1525

press@lgbce.org.uk

 

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