Public consultation for a new pattern of council wards
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Bedford Borough Council.
The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the borough.
The Commission also announced that the Borough Council should have 46 councillors in future. This is six more than the current arrangements.
The aim of the new boundaries is to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections. So each councillor will represent roughly the same number of voters.
The review also aims to ensure that the new wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Bedford.
“Your views will make a difference”
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Bedford. 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 Bedford, then this consultation is for you.
“If you’re 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.
“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 Bedford or just a small part of the borough.
“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in August.”
Local people have until 4 May 2020 to submit their views in this consultation. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.