Have your say on bor­ough’s new coun­cil wards

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HAL­TON’S elec­toral map is poised to be re­drawn and the num­ber of coun­cil­lors cut by two af­ter re­drafted plans were pub­lished.

A 10-week pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion is now un­der way, and due to end on Fe­bru­ary 11, 2019.

Any­one can have their say on the pro­posed coun­cil wards, bound­aries and ward names across the bor­ough.

One of the big­gest changes is that The Lo­cal Govern­ment Bound­ary Com­mis­sion For Eng­land (LGBCE) has rec­om­mended that Hal­ton should have 54 coun­cil­lors in fu­ture, two fewer than at present.

The blue­prints also out­lined how those coun­cil­lors should rep­re­sent 18 three-coun­cil­lor wards across the bor­ough – nine on ei­ther side of the River Mersey.

Sev­eral changes have been made to Hal­ton Coun­cil’s sub­mis­sions tabled in Au­gust, no­tably the scrap­ping of West Run­corn and Mersey View, which have now been re­placed with Old Town & We­ston Point and South Run­corn.

Full rec­om­men­da­tions and de­tailed in­ter­ac­tive maps are avail­able on the com­mis­sion’s web­site at con­sul­ta­tion.lgbce. org.uk and at www.lgbce.org.uk

Hard copies of the com­mis­sion’s re­port and maps will also be avail­able to view at coun­cil build­ings.

Pro­fes­sor Colin Mel­lors, the com­mis­sion chair­man, said: “We are pub­lish­ing pro­pos­als for a new pat­tern of wards across Hal­ton and we are keen to hear what lo­cal peo­ple think of the rec­om­men­da­tions.

“Over the next 10 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 peo­ple, 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 Hal­ton and that the pat­tern of wards can help the coun­cil de­liver ef­fec­tive lo­cal govern­ment for lo­cal peo­ple.

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

The LGBCE has said it wants to hear as much ev­i­dence as pos­si­ble to de­velop its fi­nal rec­om­men­da­tions for Hal­ton – but has set a dead­line for res­i­dents to send their views by Fe­bru­ary 11, 2019.

To make a sub­mis­sion ei­ther ● email re­[email protected] uk or write to The Re­view Of­fi­cer (Hal­ton), Lo­cal Govern­ment Bound­ary Com­mis­sion For Eng­land, 1st Floor, Wind­sor House, 50 Vic­to­ria Street, Lon­don, SW1H 0TL.

Al­ter­na­tively use https:// con­sul­ta­tion. lgbce. org.uk/node/13208

Above, the pro­posed new ward map for Hal­ton sees two lost, leav­ing nine ei­ther side of the Mersey. The Hale ar­eas and river­side zones in Run­corn are no­table changes, along with wards to the east

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