Have your say on our new political map

Have your say on our new political map

Have your say on our new political map

 Published: 24-May-2021

A new pattern of wards is being developed for Gravesham Borough Council.

The Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Gravesham should be 39. This is a change from the current council which has 44.

The Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. A 10-week consultation inviting proposals will run until 02 August 2021.

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Gravesham Borough Council to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements help the council work effectively.

It wants to be sure that its proposals reflect community ties and identities.

The Commission is interested in views on which communities should be part of the same ward. What facilities do people share, such as parks, leisure centres or schools and shopping areas? What issues do neighbouring communities face that they have in common, such as high numbers of visitors or heavy traffic? Have there been new housing or commercial developments that have changed the focus of communities? And are there roads, rivers, railways or other features that people believe form strong boundaries between neighbourhoods?

The Commission will use local views to help it draw up proposals for new ward boundaries and there will be a further round of consultation once the Commission has drawn up those proposals.

Launching the consultation, Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We want people in Gravesham to help us.

“We are starting to draw up new wards for Gravesham. We want our proposals for new electoral arrangements to reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.

“Residents and local organisations can help us understand community ties and identities at this early stage of the process.

“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.”

Stuart Bobby, Chief Executive of Gravesham Borough Council, said: “Regular independent reviews of our ward arrangements and member representation are important if we are to ensure our ever changing and growing communities are effectively and fairly represented in our decision making processes.

“I would encourage all of our residents to ensure their views are heard by the Boundary Commission.”

The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can give their views: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/27825

People can also give their views by e-mail at reviews@lgbce.org.uk, and by post:

Review Officer (Gravesham), LGBCE, PO Box 133, Blyth, NE24 9FE.

 Last updated: 25-May-2021

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