Extra chance to have say on council boundaries for Halton
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a new phase of public consultation in its review of Halton Borough Council’s ward boundaries.
The consultation focuses on new proposals for ward boundaries in east Runcorn.
Illustrate your story with a map of the recommendations. High res version available at: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/north-west/cheshire/halton
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Local people have until 24 June 2019 to have their say on the proposals before the Commission finalises its recommendations for new wards across the whole borough in September.
In December 2018, the Commission opened a public consultation on proposals for new ward boundaries across Halton. In response to local feedback on the plans, the Commission has decided to make changes to their boundary proposals. Due to the significance of the proposed changes in east Runcorn, the Commission is holding an extra round of consultation on new proposals before it finalises the recommendations.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We listened carefully to all the views put to us in the previous consultation and have made changes to the original recommendations. In east Runcorn, we wish to gather information to learn whether people think that the changes we propose would better reflect their communities than our original recommendations.
“We are now asking local people to log on to our website to tell us what they think about these proposals before we publish final recommendations for the whole of Halton in September.”
The Commission has decided to change its original recommendations so that the Main Street area of Halton Village will be part of a Halton Castle ward rather than Halton Lea as previously proposed. Local people and groups argued that the area is a fundamental part of Halton Village. This change would mean that, in order to provide electoral equality, changes also need to be made in Windmill Hill, Murdishaw, and Palace Fields.
The Commission’s new proposals mean that the Windmill Hill area would be part of the Norton North ward rather than Norton as previously proposed. The whole of Murdishaw Avenue, Cleethorpes Road and the southern part of Barnfield Avenue would be part of Preston Brook & Norton South ward whilst Brookvale Avenue North and other roads off Palace Fields Avenue would be part of Halton Lea ward rather than Preston Brook & Vale as previously proposed.
The consultation is limited to the Commission’s new proposals in east Runcorn. Details of the recommendations, including maps of the proposals, are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk and at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/13208.
Residents can have their say in writing:
The Review Officer (Halton)
1st floor, Windsor House
50 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0TL
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information contact:
Press Office: 0330 500 1250 / 1525
Notes to editors:
- 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.
- Residents have from 28 May until 24 June 2019 to have their say about where ward boundaries in Halton should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in September 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 wards will come into effect at the council elections in 2020.
- The Commission is satisfied that it has received sufficient evidence to finalise ward boundaries for the rest of Halton and aims to publish a full set of final recommendations for the council in September.