Extra chance to have your say on new Hull ward boundaries
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published new proposals for council ward boundaries across Hull.
An eight-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 8 August 2017. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Hull.
Publication of the proposals follows a public consultation earlier in the year. In light of local feedback, the Commission has made changes to its plans and is now asking local people to have their say on the revised proposals.
The Commission’s new recommendations propose that Hull City Council should have 57 city councillors in the future, two fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent three two-councillor wards and seventeen three-councillor wards across the city.
The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.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: “The Commission has considered every view put to us by local people on the original proposals. Due to the strength of the evidence we received about community ties and the quality of alternative proposals put to us, we have made several changes to the recommendations.
“We are now asking local people to have a look at the revised recommendations and to tell us where they support them and, if not, to put forward alternative suggestions.
“The Commission will consider all submissions received during this consultation before we finalise them in October.”
In response to local views, the Commission has made several changes to the proposals it put forward for consultation in January, including:
- Ensuring the Hessle Road area is wholly included in Newington & St Andrews ward. The previous proposals had split the area between Newington & St Andrews and Myton ward.
- Major changes in the Bransholme and Kingswood areas as a result of the submissions the Commission received.
- Redrawing the boundary between Dryness and Holderness wards so that the Garden Village and Stoneferry communities are not divided between council wards.
- Several minor changes to its previous proposals to provide for stronger boundaries and wards that reflect the shape of local community ties.
The full recommendations are set out in the Commission’s report and interactive maps which can be found on its website at: www.lgbce.org.uk
The Commission now wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Hull City Council. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 8 August 2017:
The Review Officer (Hull)
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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. The Commission is carrying out an electoral review of Hull City Council to deliver electoral equality for voters in local elections. The city currently has relatively high levels of electoral inequality where some councillors represent significantly more, or fewer, voters than other members of the council.
3. The types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:
a. Do the proposed electoral wards reflect local communities?
b. How do you think the proposals can be improved whilst maintaining electoral equality?
c. Are the names of the proposed wards right?
4. Residents have from 13 June until 8 August 2017 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Hull should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in October 2017. 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 city council elections in 2018.