Have your say on ex­tra coun­cil­lors

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

The num­ber of bor­ough coun­cil­lors in Ash­ford could be in­creased.

The bor­ough cur­rently has 43 coun­cil­lors but the in­de­pen­dent Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Bound­ary Com­mis­sion for Eng­land is rec­om­mend­ing there should be four more and wants res­i­dents’ views on this pro­posal.

The com­mis­sion is ask­ing peo­ple for their help to draw up a new pat­tern of coun­cil wards for Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil as the first part of an elec­toral re­view which will re-draw ward bound­aries across the bor­ough.

The com­mis­sion now needs i nfor­ma­tion f r om peo­ple and groups across Ash­ford to help it pro­duce a way of ac­com­mo­dat­ing 47 coun­cil­lors, which it says will bet­ter de­liver elec­toral equal­ity for vot­ers in coun­cil elec­tions so each coun­cil­lor rep­re­sents roughly the same num­ber of vot­ers.

The Com­mis­sion says any re­sponses will be care­fully con­sid­ered and res­i­dents will then have a fur­ther chance to have their say after it pub­lishes its draft rec­om­men­da­tions in Novem­ber.

Res­i­dents have un­til Septem­ber 5 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 lgbce. org.uk.

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