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Help shape new ward boundaries in east Suffolk

Posted by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils on 1 February 2018 | Comments

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People in east Suffolk are being asked to have their say on the future structure of ward boundaries, as part of our preparation for the creation of a new single district council.

With the Secretary of State’s agreement, the new Council would come into being, and begin operations, following the local council elections in May 2019. The two existing councils, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney, will be formally dissolved with elections to the new authority.

In order to form the new single Council, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England will be carrying out a formal review to create a new district-level warding structure for electoral areas represented by one or more district councillor.

The Leaders of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils, said:

“It’s likely that the new wards will be larger than the current district wards, covering more parishes and therefore more electorate due to there being fewer Councillors in the new District Council. Parish boundaries, however, will not be affected by this review.

“At this stage we’re asking everyone to have their input to help formulate the new warding map for the new council. We’re particularly keen to hear from the public about which communities they feel most connected with and those communities already naturally working well together.”

We have directly contacted Town and Parish Councils asking for input to this process and are now seeking wider consultation. Results from the survey will be used to help us propose new ward boundaries in the district.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England will make their final proposals and decisions following three main criteria, set out in law which must be followed when it produces a new pattern of wards or electoral divisions:

  • The new pattern of wards should mean that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters as elected members elsewhere in the authority
  • Ward patterns should – as far as possible – reflect community interests and identities and boundaries should be identifiable
  • The electoral arrangements should promote effective and convenient local government and reflect the electoral cycle of the council.

Subject to the necessary approvals, Councillors for the new boundaries will be elected in the elections for the new East Suffolk District Council in 2019.

You can take part in the survey at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DJWC52S

The deadline for responses is Monday 19 February 2018. 

Responses can also be sent to us by post to either of the council offices, addressed to Nick Khan.

You can find out more about our plans to become a new single council for east Suffolk at: www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/yourcouncil/new-single-council