Be heard in consultation

PUBLIC consultation on Woking’s proposed new ward boundaries closes on October 6. The draft recommendations made by the Independent Local Boundary Commission also propose that Woking Borough Council should, in future, have 30 councillors, six fewer than at present.

It also means those councillors would represent 10 three-member wards across the borough.

Commission Chairman Max Caller has renewed his appeal for residents to make themselves heard. He said: “We are keen to hear if local people agree with the recommendations. If they don’t approve of the boundaries we’ve drawn we want to hear their alternatives.

“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in elections to Woking Borough Council. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of electors so everyone’s vote in elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where they live.

We also aim to ensure that as far as possible the council’s wards reflect the interests and identities of communities across the borough. We will consider all the submissions we receive, regardless of who they’re from, to gauge if their evidence applies to the whole of Woking or just to a part of the borough.”

Residents who want to see detailed maps of the proposals can visit the commission’s interactive consultation portal online now at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk. Full recommendations and maps are also available at www.lgbce.org.uk.

Hard copies of the commission’s report and maps have been made available to view at council buildings and libraries, too.

TO MAKE a comment on the proposals, write to: The Review Officer (Woking), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street London EC1M 5LG or email reviews@lgbce.org.uk.

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