Have your say on a new political map for Shropshire Council
News from our partners: The Local Government Boundary Commission
A new pattern of electoral divisions is being developed for Shropshire Council.
The Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Shropshire should be 74, the same as now.
The council has formally asked the Commission to carry out a single member division review. This means that the Commission will aim to draw up a pattern of electoral divisions where each division is represented by one county councillor.
The Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. A 10-week consultation inviting proposals will run from today (Tuesday 22 November 2022) until 30 January 2023.
A high resolution map is available at: Shropshire existing – white mask.jpg (1430×993)
The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Shropshire to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that division 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 division. 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 electoral division boundaries. 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 Shropshire to help us. “We are starting to draw up new electoral divisions for Shropshire. 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.”
The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can give their views: www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/38217. People can also give their views by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by post:
Review Officer (Shropshire)
PO Box 133
More information about the review can be found on the Shropshire webpage here: https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/west-midlands/shropshire/shropshire-unitary-authority-ua
This consultation relates to the arrangements for local government elections. It is separate from consultations that are currently taking place across England on arrangements for parliamentary elections. For further information contact the Commission’s press office on 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email email@example.com.
An interactive map is available at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/38217
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent body accountable to Parliament. It recommends fair electoral and boundary arrangements for local authorities in England. In doing so, it aims to:
- Make sure that, within an authority, each councillor represents a similar number of electors.
- Create boundaries that are appropriate, and reflect community ties and identities.
- Deliver reviews informed by local needs, views and circumstances • Reflect the Council’s request for single-member divisions.
- Reflect the Council’s request for single-member divisions.