Published Tuesday, 30th January 2018
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Reigate and Banstead Borough Council.
The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the borough.
The Commission has also announced that Reigate and Banstead should have 45 councillors in future: six fewer than the current arrangements.
In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Reigate and Banstead.
Ensuring electoral equality
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Reigate and Banstead. 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 Reigate and Banstead, then this consultation is for you.
“If you’re interested in the way the borough 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 Reigate and Banstead or just a small part of the borough.
“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in June.”
How to take part
Local people have until 9 April 2018 to submit their views in this consultation.
Members of the public can have their say on the new electoral arrangements by writing to:
The Review Officer (Reigate and Banstead)
14th floor, Millbank Tower
London SW1P 4QP
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of councils’ external boundaries and structures.
The types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:
- Do you have suggestions about where your ward boundaries should be?
- Which areas do you identify as your local community?
- Where do people in your area go to access local facilities such as shops and leisure activities?
The Commission will publish its draft recommendations in June 2018 and open a further phase of consultation with local people. New wards are scheduled to come into effect at the 2019 council elections.
The electoral review of Reigate and Banstead Borough Council is separate from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.