Consultation opens on Lewes’ council boundaries

Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children  Start of Life
Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children  Start of Life

Residents are being urged to have their say on Lewes District Council’s future electoral ward boundaries.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is asking residents for their input as it draws up new boundaries for East Sussex’s district and borough councils as well as those of the county council.

As part of this review the commission has also announced the number of future representatives for each authority and currently the amount of councillors at Lewes District Council would remain the same at 41.

In drawing up new boundaries the commission’s primary goal is to deliver electoral equality across all divisions as well as ensuring the new wards and divisions ‘reflect the interests and identities of communities across East Sussex’.

Max Caller, chair of the commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new ward and division boundaries across East Sussex.

“We are looking for evidence about local community identities and ties that will help us build district wards and electoral divisions throughout the county. We want to make sure that wards and divisions across the county are fair, mean something to voters and can help local councils deliver effective local government.

“Your views will make a difference.

“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of East Sussex or just a small part of the county.

“We will publish all the submissions on our website so that local people can see all the various proposals we receive. Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations for the whole county in March 2016.”

The consultation runs until November 30.

To have your say visit www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk

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