Local Government Boundary Commission Review
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England have now published their draft recommendations, proposing that South Staffordshire District Council should have 42 councillors, a decrease of seven from the existing arrangements. Those councillors should represent 6 three-councillor wards, 10 two-councillor wards and 4 one-councillor wards across the council area. The boundaries of three wards (Essington, Himley & Swindon and Huntington & Hatherton) will stay the same; all others should change.
Before drawing up the draft recommendations, the Commission carried out a public consultation inviting proposals for a new pattern of wards for South Staffordshire. They have considered all of the submissions that they have received during that phase of consultation. The boundaries of most wards should change.
A detailed report on the recommendations and interactive mapping is available on their website at: www.lgbce.org.uk.
They welcome comments on their draft recommendations, whether you support the proposals or wish to put forward alternative arrangements.
By visiting consultation.lgbce.org.uk you will also be able to:
- view the map of our recommendations down to street level.
- zoom into the areas that interest you most.
- find more guidance on how to have your say.
- read the full report of our recommendations.
- send us your views directly
This stage of the consultation closes on 10 January 2022.
Parish/Community Briefing held on the 17/06/2021 can be found here.
About electoral reviews:
A review takes around a year to complete and has three main parts:
The Commission will consider what the total number of Councillors that should be elected to the authority in future should be, to ensure effective Local Government.
Once the Commission has taken a view on Councillor numbers, they will re-draw ward boundaries to accommodate those Councillors according to three statutory criteria, namely: that the new wards deliver electoral equality for voters, that they reflect community interests, and that they promote effective Local Government.
Once the Commission has published final recommendations for each authority, they will lay a draft order - specific to each council - in Parliament. Subject to the parliamentary scrutiny process, they will then make each order and new boundaries would come into effect at the next local election in 2023.
The reviews will focus only on the internal electoral arrangements of each Council. The Commission will not look at the external boundaries of any authority.