The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has published its final recommendations for new local government electoral arrangements in West Somerset.
This publication follows months of public consultation and draws boundaries for each ward across the West Somerset District Council area. The Commission published its draft recommendations in May, which provided for a council of 28 members, and today confirms that figure in its final recommendations.
Max Caller, Chair of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, said: "Our recommendations determine how many councillors will serve on the council. They also decide which wards you vote in. We’re grateful to all the people across West Somerset who took the time and effort to send us their views because having fair wards, where each councillor represents around the same number of people, is important".
The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the New Year. If accepted, the new electoral arrangements will come into force for the next council elections in May 2011.
Contribute your views by writing to The Review Officer (Swindon), Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG, or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
All submissions received by the LGBCE can be viewed on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk