Lincolnshire residents urged to have their say on new county division boundaries

Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001
Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Lincolnshire to comment on its draft proposals for new county council division boundaries.

An eight-week public consultation on the recommendations begins tomorrow, Tuesday December 15, and will end on 8 February 2016. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new county council electoral divisions, division boundaries and division names across Lincolnshire.

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Lincolnshire County Council should have 70 county councillors in the future, seven fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent 70 single-member divisions across the county.

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings and libraries.

Max Caller CBE, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of electoral divisions across Lincolnshire and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“Over the next eight weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.

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

“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Lincolnshire and that the pattern of divisions can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.

“We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole county or just part of it.

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Lincolnshire County Council. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email by 8 February 2016: The Review Officer (Lincolnshire), LGBCE, 14th floor, Millbank Tower, London, SW1P 4QP or email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal.

Link to the dedicated web page for the Lincolnshire electoral review.