Have your say on new ward boundary plan

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Longridge residents are being urged to give their views on new council ward boundaries in the Ribble Valley.

A consultation on the new pattern of council wards for the borough is open until January for members of the public to get involved.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking for help in drawing up new proposals.

The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the borough.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Ribble Valley. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.

“If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Ribble Valley, then this consultation is for you. Alternatively, if you’re simply interested in the way the borough is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say. Your views will make a difference.”

The Commission has announced it is minded recommend the Ribble Valley Council should have 40 borough councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangements.

People have until January 30 to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at consultation.lgbce.org.uk