County council ward boundary review launch

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The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking Lincolnshire residents to help draw up a new pattern of county council electoral divisions.

The commission has announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 71 county councillors in future, six fewer than currently.

Information from people and groups across Lincolnshire is needed to produce a new pattern of divisions to accommodate 71 county councillors.

Drawing up new boundaries, the commission aims to deliver electoral equality so each county councillor represents roughly the same number of voters.

The review also seeks to ensure that new county divisions reflect the interests and identities of communities across Lincolnshire.

Commission chairman Max Caller said: “The starting point of an electoral review is for the commission to take a view on the number of councillors that should represent the authority in future.

“On the evidence presented to the commission, we are minded to recommend that Lincolnshire should continue to have 71 councillors.”

He added: “We are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new divisions for Lincolnshire.

“As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.

“Your views will make a difference. We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided and whether it applies to the whole of Lincolnshire or just a small part of the county.”

Local people have until July 21 to submit their views Submissions will be published on the commission’s website.

Further information about the review and maps of the existing divisions can be found at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk