Woking residents to have their say on new ward boundaries

15 July 2014

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The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Woking to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.

A twelve-week public consultation on the recommendations has begun and will end on 6 October 2014. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across the Borough.

The Commission's draft recommendations propose that Woking Borough Council should have 30 councillors in the future, six fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent ten three-member ward across the borough.

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission's website at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission's report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings and libraries.

Max Caller CBE, Chair of the Commission, said: "We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Woking and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

"Over the next twelve weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.

"Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of electors so that everyone's vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.

"We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Woking and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.

"We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole borough or just part of it.

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Woking Borough Council. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 6 October 2014:

The Review Officer (Woking)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
Layden House
76-86 Turnmill Street

Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

Have your say directly through the Commission's consultation portal: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/2341

Link to the dedicated web page for the Woking electoral review: www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/surrey/woking-fer