District Council Boundary Review
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is responsible for conducting reviews of local authority electoral arrangements. It can also conduct reviews of the structure of local government, and the external boundaries of local authorities.
On 9 February 2016 the LGBCE formally advised that, following a request from the Council, an electoral review of Tendring District Council would take place. The review consists of two stages:-
- To agree a Council size i.e. the number of Councillors that the Council has; and
- To agree a pattern of ward boundaries for the District Council.
The timetable for each stage of the review is as follows:-
|Stage 1 – Council size and electoral forecast||To submit submission to LGBCE||27 September 2016|
|Stage 2 – Ward Boundaries||Public consultation on new electoral ward boundaries||October 2016 to January 2017|
|Draft recommendations published and a public consultation on them||March 2017 to May 2017|
|Publication of final recommendations||July 2017|
|Parliamentary Scrutiny||October 2017|
|Implementation of new ward boundaries||Local elections||May 2019|
Under stage 1, Tendring District proposed a Council size of 48 Councillors, there are currently 60 (see Council Size document below)
On 25 October 2016 the LGBCE wrote to the Council to confirm the commencement of the consultation on ward boundaries. The LGBCE stated that it was “…….minded to recommend that 48 district councillors should be elected to Tendring District Council in future.….”
Tendring District Council responded to the consultation on ward boundaries and submitted to the LGBCE a proposed scheme of ward boundaries (documents below include a commentary, a spreadsheet showing the current and proposed wards and a map of the new proposed wards).
The LGBCE ran its public consultation on the draft recommendations between 14 March to 8 May. Interactive maps of the proposals are also posted on the Commission’s consultation portal at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk. The portal also allowed visitors to submit comments and alternative proposals.
A council meeting on 9 May agreed to the reduced number of councillors from 60 down to 48, however did not agree with a number of the proposed changes to ward boundaries and a response to the LGBCE was sent setting out the council's response.
The commission considered all the submissions made as part of its consultation exercise - and has made significant changes to its original proposals. A detailed report and interactive mapping of the recommendations is available at: www.lgbce.org.uk
The Order implementing the LGBCE's review was laid in Parliament on 16 October and can be viewed here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2017/9780111160077/contents
Should no objection be made to the Order, is is likely to be confirmed just before Christmas.
Parliamentary Boundary Review 2018
A Parliamentary Boundary defines the area where an elector votes for their local Member of Parliament – known as a Parliamentary Constituency.
The Boundary Commission for England has commenced its review of Parliamentary constituencies in England, in accordance with the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 (as amended by the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011).
The review will take place over two and a half years to ensure that the recommendations made are thorough and take public views into account. Final recommendations must be submitted to the Parliament in September 2018 to allow changes to come into effect at the General Election scheduled for 2020.
More details can be found on their website at: http://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/2018-review/
How to have your say
The consultation on initial proposals ran for a 12 week period, from 12 September to 5 December 2016.
You can find out further information including Frequently Asked Questions on the Consultation Website at https://www.bce2018.org.uk/