Have your say on new council ward boundaries

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 Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the council area.

The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that Cheshire West and Chester Council should have 69 councillors in the future: six fewer than the current arrangements.

The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Cheshire West and Chester to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 69 councillors.

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 Cheshire West and Chester.

Local people have until 5 June 2017 to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after the Commission publish its draft recommendations in September.