Still time to have your say on Uttlesford council shake up
THERE is still time for residents to have their say on new council ward boundaries across Uttlesford.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is currently consulting people on its draft proposals for new ward boundaries across Uttlesford. The consultation closes on July 8.
The commission’s draft recommendations propose that Uttlesford District Council should have 39 councillors in the future, five fewer than the current arrangements. The proposals mean those councillors would represent seven single-member, 10 two-member and four three-member wards across the district.
Max Caller, chairmain of the commission, said: “We are asking local people to log on to our website or visit their local library to have a look at our proposals for new boundaries across Uttlesford.
“We are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations and to tell us if they agree with the proposals. If you don’t agree with the boundaries we have drawn, we would like to hear your alternatives.
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“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in elections to Uttlesford District Council. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of electors so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.
“We also aim to ensure that the council’s wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of local communities across Uttlesford.
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“We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole of Uttlesford or just a part of the district.”
Local people can visit the Commission’s interactive consultation portal at consultation.lgbce.org.uk to look at detailed maps of the commission’s proposals and get all the advice they need to make a submission during the consultation.
The full recommendations and detailed maps are also available on the commission’s main website at lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/eastern/essex/uttlesford-fer. ard copies of the report and maps have also been made available to view at council buildings and libraries.
Write to: The Review Officer (Uttlesford), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG.
Or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org