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Residents urged to get involved in the final shaping of new electoral divisions in Cornwall

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The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has today (05 June) published draft proposals for a new pattern of electoral divisions in Cornwall.

The Commission has launched a consultation on the proposed new pattern of divisions and the Council is urging residents to have their say.

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From May 2021, the LGBCE has decided that Cornwall Council will have 87 members – a reduction of 36 from the current number of 123.  This means that the current electoral divisions across Cornwall have had to be redrawn by them to reflect that reduced number. 

On the Cornwall Council stand (95) at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show, the Chair and Vice Chair of the Electoral Review Panel will be there to talk to people about this latest stage of the Electoral Review. There will be maps and information about the Commission’s proposals and we will have a polling booth and ballot box so people can give their feedback on the proposals and post their forms into the box.

The Chairman of the Council’s cross party Electoral Review Panel Cllr Malcolm Brown said: “Cornwall Council’s Electoral Review Panel worked hard and constructively with parish and town councils, the Cornwall Association of Local Councils and with residents at several public meetings to produce proposals for 87 new electoral divisions.  We wanted to reflect as well as possible the identities of the different urban and rural communities of Cornwall and also the community networks which we regard as an important and meaningful geography for future decision making.

It is good to see that the Boundary Commission has accepted the vast majority of the proposals that we submitted. They have made some detailed changes, especially in some of the towns, and made more significant alterations in a few places like Bodmin and Wadebridge.  We will be studying these very carefully.

There is now a period of 3 months for anyone who is interested to respond to the Boundary Commission and we will encourage them to do so.”

The LGBCE will now be holding a 15 week public consultation from today (05 June) to 17 September 2018, following which the Commission intends to publish final recommendations for Cornwall Council in December 2018.

Malcolm Brown adds:  “I urge people to come along to the Cornwall Council stand (95) at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show to get involved and make their views known.  We want to make sure that the Council’s response to the LGBCE consultation on the new boundaries reflects what our residents tell us so there will be further opportunities to have your say.”

“We are listening to and working with residents, so that as many people as possible have an opportunity to contribute to the consultation.  We will be evaluating the feedback and using the comments made by the public, local groups and parish and town councils to shape a report to the Electoral Review Panel in order that they can take these into consideration when drafting an interim report which will go to Full council in July, followed by a final report in September.

Cornwall Council plans to hold further events in the next few weeks to find out what residents think should be the Council’s response to the LGBCE consultation.

You can also let the Council know what you think by sending in your comments so that it can take account of them when it formulates its response to LGBCE. 

Please send in your thoughts by emailing electoralreview2018@cornwall.gov.uk

Residents and organisations can make their own submission to the LGBCE by contacting them direct via the LGBCE website

The LGBCE consultation runs until 17 September 2018.

 

Story posted 05 June 2018