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Have Your Say On New Ward Boundaries For Poole

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 Borough of Poole.
 
Following a six-week public consultation, the Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 42 councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements.
 
The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Poole to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 42 councillors.
 
In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across the borough.

Cllr Elaine Atkinson, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole, said: “With increased statutory responsibilities from Central Government the role of a local councillor has changed tremendously over recent years. We are pleased the Boundary Commission has recommended to maintain 42 councillors in Poole, which supports the vote at Full Council on 23 May. The Boundary Commission has recognised the strong links between residents, businesses and councillors, and also the expected population growth across Poole in the next few years. Residents now have until 7 January to take part in the consultation on ward boundaries across Poole as it is vital that each councillor represents an equal number of residents. There are some natural ward boundaries in the borough which I hope people will bear in mind, but we welcome the opinion of our residents when taking the next stage of consultation forward.”
 
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “The starting point of an electoral review is for the Commission to take a view on the number of councillors who should represent the authority in future. On the evidence presented to the Commission, we are minded to recommend that Poole Borough Council should have 42 councillors in future, the same as the current set up. 
 
“We are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for the borough. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
 
“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 borough or just a small part of it.”
 
Local people have until 7 January 2014 to submit their views. 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.
 
Residents will have a further chance to have their say after the Commission publishes its draft recommendations in April 2014.