Review of local government electoral arrangements in Basingstoke & Deane begins today
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The Boundary Committee for England will begin a review of Basingstoke & Deane's electoral arrangements today. The review aims to make sure that, where possible, every borough councillor represents the same number of electors. The identities and interests of local communities in the area will also be taken into consideration.
The last review of this area was completed in July 2000 but, as a result of population changes, significant electoral imbalances have arisen . Because of these electoral imbalances it has been decided that a further review is required.
As part of the review, the Committee are asking local people to consider whether there should be any changes to the number of councillors currently being elected to council. The Committee is also inviting comments on the number, names and boundaries of the wards in Basingstoke & Deane. Local people, interested parties and associations will then have until 12 December 2005 to provide comments to the Committee.
Pamela Gordon, Chair of The Boundary Committee for England, said: The purpose of the review is to ensure that, as far as possible, every councillor represents the same number of electors and that everyones vote is equal. We hope to hear from as many people as possible so that the recommendations put forward are fully representative of their views.
Anyone wishing to make representations to the Committee on this review should do so by writing to: The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW. The closing date for representations is 12 December 2005.
All representations will be available for inspection, after 12 December 2005, by appointment at the Committees offices and copies will be available at the offices of Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council. Copies of all representations will also be available to be viewed on the Committees website. A list of respondents will also be available on request from the Committee.
For further information contact:
Maxine Hoeksma on 020 7271 0531 or Gemma Crosland 020 7271 0527
Out of office hours 07789 920 414, Fax: 020 7271 0528
Notes to editors:
1. The Boundary Committee for England is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.
2. In Basingstoke & Deane, the worst imbalance is in Highclere & Bourne ward where the councillor represents 20% more electors than the borough average, while each councillor in Rooksdown ward represents 55% fewer electors than the borough average.