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Political map of East Staffordshire Borough Council set to change

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is asking local people for their views on new boundaries for council wards for East Staffordshire Borough Council.

A 10 week consultation on the proposals will run until 07 September 2020. 

The Commission is reviewing East Staffordshire to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.

The Commission has published proposals for changes to East Staffordshire.

It is proposing that there should be 16 wards and between one and three councillors per ward. All existing ward boundaries should change.

Proposed changes include: Changes across the borough to eliminate significant electoral inequality present in more than a third of wards.

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: LGBCE c/o Cleardata Innovation House Coniston Court Riverside Business Park Blyth NE24 4RP 

 

About electoral reviews:

A review takes around a year to complete and has three main parts:

  1. The Commission will consider evidence from the council (and its groups) on the total number of councillors that should be elected to the authority in future (COMPLETED)
  2. Once the Commission have taken a view on councillor numbers, they will re-draw ward boundaries to accommodate those councillors according to three statutory criteria, namely: that the new wards deliver electoral equality for voters, that they reflect community interests, and that they promote effective local government. We will draw up our final recommendations following two phases of local public consultation (This is the second phase of consultation).
  3. Once the Commission have published final recommendations for each authority, they will lay a draft order - specific to each council - in both Houses of Parliament under the negative resolution procedure. Subject to the parliamentary scrutiny process, they will then make each order and new boundaries would come into effect at the next election.

The reviews will focus only on the internal electoral arrangements of each council. The Commission will not look at the external boundaries of any authority.