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Wixams and Wilstead to be in the same ward, along with Stewartby and most of Elstow

New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Bedford Borough Council, and the Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about these proposals.

It has launched an eight week consultation on the proposals which will run until 05 July 2021.

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Bedford to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.

After considering responses to its earlier consultation, the Commission has refined its initial proposals for changes to Bedford Borough Council.

Its initial proposal that there should be 46 councillors remains. However, it now proposes there should be 28 wards, rather than 29.

Refinements also include moving from 17 two-councillor and 12 single-councillor wards to three wards which each have three councillors, 12 wards with two councillors each, and 13 single-councillor wards.

Proposed changes include:

  • Castle ward will now cover all of the Castle Road area
  • Wixams and Wilstead will now be in the same ward, along with Stewartby and most of Elstow

Launching the further round of consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:

“We want people in Bedford to help us. We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Bedford. 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 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 reviews@lgbce.org.uk, and by post:

The Review Officer (Bedford)
LGBCE
PO Box 133
Blyth
NE24 9FE