Have your say on a new political map for New Forest District Council
New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in New Forest District Council.
The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 10 week consultation on the proposals will run until 7 September 2020.
The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing New Forest to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.
The Commission has published proposals for changes to New Forest. It is proposing that there should be 25 wards, divided into four three-councillor wards, 15 two-councillor wards and six single-councillor wards. All ward boundaries will change.
As part of the recommendations, the Commission has proposed that Boldre Parish remain entirely within Beaulieu, Boldre, East Boldre & Exbury & Lepe ward. The Commission received persuasive evidence arguing that splitting this parish would damage community ties in this area.
Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We want people in New Forest to help us. We have drawn up proposals for new wards in New Forest. We want to make sure these new electoral arrangements reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people. Residents and local organisations can help us do that. We would like them to let us know whether they agree with our proposals before we take final decisions. It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us. Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved”
The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can see the detail of the proposals and comment on the names of wards, their boundaries and the number of councillors per ward. https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/have-your-say/19558
A high resolution map is available at https://go.aws/3ezcmdF
People can also give their views by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by post:
Review Officer (New Forest)
LGBCE c/o Cleardata
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