Have your say on new county division boundaries

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Residents are being asked to comment on draft proposals for new county council division boundaries.

Drawn up by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England the proposal’s recommendations are subject to public consultation which will end on January 11th.

The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new county council electoral divisions, division boundaries and division names across Lancashire.

The commission’s draft recommendations propose that Lancashire County Council should have 84 county councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent 80 single-member divisions and two two-member divisions across the county.

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 and libraries.

Max Caller CBE, chairman of the commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of electoral divisions across Lancashire and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“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 county councillor represents a similar number of electors so that everyone’s vote in county 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 Lancashire and that the pattern of 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 whole county or just part of it.

The commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Lancashire County Council. Anyone who would like to make a submission to the commission, should write or email at the following addresses by January 11th: The Review Officer (Lancashire), LGBCE, 14th floor, Millbank Tower, London, SW1P 4QP; email – reviews@lgbce.org.uk

Alternatively residents can have their say directly through the commission’s consultation portal: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/5383