East Lindsey boundary changes put to the public

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Proposed changes to local authority boundaries in East Lindsey are being put to the public.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is drawing up a new pattern of wards for East Lindsey District Council, proposing that the number of councillors representing the district is reduced by five to 55.

The commission now needs information from people and groups across East Lindsey to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 55 councillors.

Local people have until February 18 to submit their views. Further information on the review, including interactive maps, is available at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and at www.lgbce.org.uk.

In drawing up new boundaries, the commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across the district.

Max Caller, chair of the commission, said: “The starting point of an electoral review is for the Commission to take a view on the number of councillors who should represent the authority in future. On the evidence presented to the Commission, we are minded to recommend that East Lindsey should have 55 councillors.

“We are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for the district. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.

“Your views will make a difference.

“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole district or just a small part of it.

“We will publish all the submissions on our website so that local people can see all the various proposals we receive. Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in May 2013.”