Local Government Boundary Commission for England
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Winchester. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
“If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Winchester, this consultation is for you. Alternatively, if you’re simply interested in the way your council is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.
“Your views will make a difference.
“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Winchester or just a small part of the city.
“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in February 2015.”
Local people have until 3 November 2014 to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at http://www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and http://www.lgbce.org.uk.
The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 45 councillors in the future; twelve fewer than the current arrangements.
We are now drawing up a new pattern of wards to accommodate 45 councillors. We need your help to tell where the new boundaries should be drawn.
This consultation closes on 3 November 2014.