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Have your say on draft recommendation ward boundaries for B&NES

posted 6 Dec 2017, 06:15 by Parish Council Communications
With thanks to our ward councillor Neil Butters, and apologies for the formatting of the forwarded information, here are the draft proposals from the Local Government Boundary Commission for Bath & NE Somerset. These are open to comment until 19th February 2018.
Under these proposals, the Bathavon South Ward is to be split into two -

New Bathavon East Ward
This would comprise the parishes of South Stoke and Monkton Combe from the existing Bathavon South, plus Claverton and Bathampton from the current Bathavon North.

Reshaped Bathavon South Ward
This would comprise the remaining parishes of the existing Bathavon South: Freshford, Hinton Charterhouse, Wellow and Shoscombe; plus Combe Hay, Dunkerton & Tunley, Englishcombe, and Priston from the current Bathavon West.
The current Bathavon West Ward would cease to exist.
The current Bathavon North Ward would be reduced in size, and represented by only two councillors instead of the existing three.
The new arrangements are scheduled to take effect from May 2019.

Freshford Parish Council discussed these proposals and a contribution to the consultation was submitted in the name of Cllr Nick Stevens.

Have your say

A consultation on draft recommendations​ for ward boundaries in Bath and North East Somerset has begun ​

On 5 December 2017, we published draft recommendations for new wards, ward boundaries, and ward names for Bath and North East Somerset. We are now inviting comments on those recommendations. 
The consultation closes on 19 February 2018.
If you represent a local organisation or community group in Bath and North East Somerset, please pass this message on to your members or anyone you think might be interested in the review. You can share the message by email or through social media by using the buttons at the bottom right of the page.

Have your say

You can take part in the consultation by clicking the button at the top of this message or through our interactive consultation portal.
Our website includes further information about the Commission and the review.
We encourage everyone who has a view on the draft recommendations to contact us, whether you support them or whether you wish to propose alternative arrangements.
Before finalising the recommendations, the Commission will consider every representation received during consultation, whether it is submitted by an individual, a local group or an organisation. We will weigh each submission against the legal criteria the Commission must follow when drawing up electoral arrangements:
  • to deliver electoral equality: where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across Bath and North East Somerset;
  • 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.
It is important that you take account of the criteria if you are suggesting an alternative pattern of wards. You can find additional guidance and information about previous electoral reviews on our website to help you or your organisation make a submission.
 Parish and Town Councils with electoral and boundary changes:
Get in touch
The Commission welcomes comments on the recommendations report by 19 February 2018. Representations should be made:
- Through our interactive consultation portal, where you can explore the maps of the recommendations, draw your own boundaries and make comments;
- By email to reviews@lgbce.org.uk;
Or in writing to Review Officer (Bath and North East Somerset), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th Floor, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th Floor, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP