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A consultation on ward boundaries for North Northamptonshire

A consultation on ward boundaries for North Northamptonshire

Today is the start of a 10-week public consultation inviting proposals for new council wards and ward boundaries for North Northamptonshire Council.

The consultation will close on 6 February 2023.

After all the representations made during this consultation have been considered, the local government boundary commission will publish draft recommendations in May 2023.

They will then hold a further period of consultation on their draft recommendations. Their final recommendations are expected to be published in July 2023.

The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in May 2025.

What is an electoral review?

The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for North Northamptonshire Council.

The local government boundary commission will propose:

  • the total number of councillors elected to the council in the future;
  • the number of wards;
  • the number of councillors representing each ward;
  • ward boundaries; and
  • the names of wards.

How to get involved

This is a public consultation and the local government boundary commission welcome views from individuals and organisations across North Northamptonshire on where they think new ward boundaries should be drawn.

They are minded to recommend that 70 councillors should be elected to North Northamptonshire in the future.

This is 8 fewer than the current number of councillors.

The local government boundary commission are now inviting proposals to help them draw up a pattern of wards to accommodate 70 councillors.

In drawing up new electoral wards, they must balance three legal criteria, namely:

  • to deliver electoral equality: where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others;
  • that the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities;
  • that the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.

The local government boundary commission will treat all submissions equally, and judge each case on its merits and against the legal criteria.

If you wish to put forward a view, we would also urge you to ensure that evidence supports your submission.

For example, if you wish to argue that two areas should be included in the same electoral ward, make sure you tell us why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations, and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together.

There is more advice on their website about how you can get involved in the consultation.

Their website features technical guidance that explains the process and their policies, as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process.

They have also set up a webpage dedicated to the review of North Northamptonshire, where you can find all the relevant information.

You can also access interactive maps of the current ward boundaries across North Northamptonshire on their specialist consultation portal. The portal also allows you to comment and upload documents directly to the site.

Posted: Tue, 29 Nov 2022 13:02 by Catriona Ward

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