New ward boundaries proposed for Central Bedfordshire
The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about proposals to alter the boundaries of Central Bedfordshire Council’s wards.
The Commission, the independent body that draws these boundaries, is reviewing Central Bedfordshire. It wants to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.
It is proposing that there should be 12 three-councillor wards, ten two-councillor wards and seven one-councillor wards. Eighteen wards would change and 11 will stay the same.
For example, the parishes of Henlow and Stondon should be placed together in Clifton, Henlow and Langford ward. The Commission was persuaded by evidence that demonstrated community links between these parishes.
Houghton Conquest and Haynes and Northill wards will remain the same after the Commission received strong evidence arguing that any change to these wards would damage strong community ties in this area.
Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the Commission, said:
“We want people in Central Bedfordshire to help us.
“We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Central Bedfordshire. We want to make sure these new electoral arrangements reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.
“Residents and local organisations can help us do that. We would like them to let us know whether they agree with our proposals before we take final decisions.
“It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us.
“Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved.”
The ten-week consultation on the proposals will run until 7 September 2020.
The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can see the detail of the proposals and comment on the names of wards, their boundaries and the number of councillors per ward.
People can also give their views by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by post:
Review Officer (Central Bedfordshire)
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