The Local Government Boundary Commission is undertaking further consultation on new boundaries for four council wards in the south east of Buckinghamshire.
These wards are:
- Chalfont St Peter
- Farnham and Stoke Poges
- Gerrards Cross and Denham
The Commission is not seeking submissions in regard to the rest of the authority. A full set of final recommendations for the council will be published in May 2023.
The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the new proposals. A final six-week consultation on the proposals will run until Tuesday 11th April 2023. This follows two previous periods of consultation.
The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Buckinghamshire to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, reflect community identity, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.
The commission is proposing four wards in the south east of the authority, consisting of two three-councillor wards and two two-councillor wards.
Proposed changes from our original draft proposals include:
- The boundary between our Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross and Denham wards now broadly follows Austenwood Common and Kingsway.
- A reduction of the number of councillors for Chalfont St Peter ward from three to two.
- The inclusion of Hedgerley and Fulmer parishes in Gerrards Cross and Denham ward.
Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: ‘We are publishing further recommendations for a new pattern of wards, and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.
We want people in Buckinghamshire to help us.
We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Buckinghamshire. 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 have already helped us in refining our earlier proposals. Now 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 about 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 which can be viewed at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/29857.
People can also give their views by e-mail at [email protected] and by post at The Review Officer (Buckinghamshire), LGBCE, PO Box 133, Blyth, NE24 9FE.
*Source of information : Press release from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.