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Boundary Review Consultation December 2019 - March 2020

News release from The Local Government Boundary Commission for England

17 December 2019

Political map of New Forest set to change 

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 New Forest District Council. 

The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the district.

The Commission has also announced that New Forest should have 48 councillors in future: 12 fewer than the current arrangements.  

In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in 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 New Forest.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: "We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for New Forest. 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 New Forest, then this consultation is for you. 

"If you're interested in the way the district 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 New Forest or just a small part of the district. 

"Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in June 2020."

Local people have until 2 March 2020 to submit their views in this consultation. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at

(LINK) https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/ and www.lgbce.org.uk. 

Map of current wards: Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2019 -  http://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/South%20East/Hampshire/New%20Forest/Warding/New_Forest_Launch_WebsiteMap_DraftRecs_A4P-no%20labels.jpg

Notes:

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is carrying out an electoral review of New Forest District Council to deliver electoral equality for voters across New Forest, because of a request from the Council.

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

1.            The Commission will consider evidence from the council on the total number of councillors that should be elected to the authority in future.

2.            Once we have taken a view on councillor numbers, we 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.

3.            Once we have published final recommendations for each authority, we 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, we 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.

Updated: 7 Feb 2020
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