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Extra chance to have a say on council boundaries for Wiltshire

2nd July 2019

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a new phase of public consultation in its review of Wiltshire Council’s division boundaries. 

The consultation focuses on new proposals for division boundaries in South and South-East Wiltshire.

 

Illustrate your story with a map of the recommendations. High res version available at: https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-west/wiltshire/wiltshire-unitary-authority-ua

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2019

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2019  

Local people have until 29 July 2019 to have their say on the proposals before the Commission finalises its recommendations for new divisions across the whole county in October. 

In February 2019, the Commission opened a public consultation on proposals for new division boundaries across Wiltshire. In response to local feedback on the plans, the Commission is putting forward new proposals for the south and south-eastern parts of Wiltshire. Due to the significance of the proposed changes, local people have an extra opportunity to have their say on the plans in a public consultation. 

The Commission is satisfied that is has received enough evidence to finalise its recommendations for the rest of the county and will publish final recommendations for the whole of Wiltshire in October 2019. 

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We listened carefully to all the views put to us in the previous consultation. We now want to hear what local people think of our new proposals in the south and south-east of the county before we finalise our recommendations in October.” 

The Commission has decided to change its original draft recommendations in response to opposition to its previous proposals for Coombe Bissett, Firsdown, Laverstock, Netherhampton, West Dean, Whiteparish and Winterslow. Local people and their parish councils argued that the draft recommendations did not reflect that community ties between parishes. In responding to local views, the Commission has changed its proposals across the south and south-eastern parts of Wiltshire.

The Commission’s new proposals mean that Laverstock village does not join the Milford area of Salisbury in a division as previously proposed. In addition, the new plans mean that Firsdown joins with Winterslow, Whiteparish and West Dean join Alderbury, Netherhampton joins with Wilton and Coombe Bissett joins with Downton. 

The consultation is limited to the Commission’s new proposals in south and south-east Wiltshire. Details of the recommendations, including maps of the proposals, are available on the Commission’s website atwww.lgbce.org.uk and at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/14518/    

Residents can have their say in writing: 

The Review Officer (Wiltshire) 

LGBCE 

1st floor, Windsor House 

50 Victoria Street 

London SW1H 0TL 

  

Or email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk 

  

For further information contact: 

Press Office: 0330 500 1250 / 1525 

press@lgbce.org.uk 

  

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Notes to editors: 

  1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structures. 

  2. Residents have from 2 July until 29 July 2019 to have their say about where division boundaries in Wiltshire should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in October 2019. Once the Commission agrees its final recommendations it will lay a draft order in both Houses of Parliament.  Parliament will then have 40 days in which to consider the recommendations. If both Houses are satisfied with the recommendations, the draft order will be ‘made’ and the new divisions will come into effect at the council elections in 2021. 

  3. The Commission is satisfied that it has received sufficient evidence to finalise new division boundaries for the rest of Wiltshire and aims to publish a full set of final recommendations for the council in October.