Local Government Boundary Commission Review
Parish/Community Briefing held on the 17/06/2021 can be found here
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission has announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 41 councillors in the future which is a change from the current Council of 49 (Stage one)
The phrase ‘minded to' when referring to the number of councillors is because, depending on how the warding patterns work out, the Commission can amend the number by +/- 1 or 2 if necessary to accommodate local community identities and achieve electoral equality within the new wards. The aim will be to achieve electoral equality, whilst recognising local community identities, within the 41 councillors figure agreed.
The second stage involves developing a new pattern of wards for South Staffordshire, ensuring that ward arrangements help the Council work effectively and reflect the identities of communities.
The Commission want to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area to help it draw up proposals for new ward boundaries.
A 10-week consultation inviting proposals will run until 02 August 2021.
The Commission is interested in views on which communities should be part of the same ward. What facilities do people share, such as parks, leisure centres or schools and shopping areas? What issues do neighbouring communities face that they have in common, such as high numbers of visitors or heavy traffic? Have there been new housing or commercial developments that have changed the focus of communities? And are there roads, rivers, railways or other features that people believe form strong boundaries between neighbourhoods?
The Commission has a section on its website where people can give their views: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/27826
People can also give their views by e-mail at email@example.com
Or by post:
Review Officer (South Staffordshire)
PO Box 133
There will be a further round of consultation once the Commission has drawn up those proposals.
The Commission also has a dedicated section on its website to keep you up to date as the review progresses.
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.