The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across St Albans to comment on its draft recommendations for new council ward boundaries.
The Commission’s plans would mean changes to most wards in St Albans.
A 10-week public consultation on the recommendations began on 4 Feb and will end on 13 April 2020. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across St Albans.
The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that St Albans City & District Council should have 56 councillors in future: this is two fewer than now. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent 16 three-councillor wards and four two-councillor wards across the district.
The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk
. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing recommendations for a new pattern of wards across St Albans and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.
“Over the next 10 weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the recommendations or if not, how they can be improved.
“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people, so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same, regardless of where you live.
“We also want to ensure that our recommendations reflect the interests and identities of local communities across St Albans and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government for local people.
“We will consider all the submissions we receive, whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole district or just a part of it.”
The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations for St Albans If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 13 April 2020.
The Review Officer (St Albans)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
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For further information contact: Press Office: 0330 500 1250 / 1525
Source: News Release from the Local Boundary Commission for England on 4 Feb 2020