01 August 2018

Consultation period open for new council ward boundaries

Chorley Council is under electoral review and the public can now have their say about new council ward boundaries.​​

The last electoral review for Chorley Council was held in 2000 and since then elector numbers have changed within the authority area causing the ratio of elector numbers per councillor to be imbalanced.

The Local Government Boundary commission for England (LGBCE) is reviewing Chorley’s electorate to correct this imbalance and make improvements.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council said: “A lot has changed in Chorley over the last 18 years so we are now under electoral review.

“It’s already been decided that the size of the council will change from 47 to 42 and now the patterns of the wards need to be decided.

“The number of wards will reduce from 20 to 14 and we’re encouraging people to have their say on the new ward boundaries.”

Reducing the number of councillors will improve democratic accountability. By reviewing the ward boundaries it will mean councillors will have a more equal split of residents. 

The LGBCE have said that each ward will need to be represented by three members, therefore reducing the number of wards from 20 to 14.

The public can now have their say on the new ward arrangements by visiting the LGBCE website.

Electoral reviews are commonplace across all local authorities and since Chorley has seen a lot of development in the past 18 years, causing a change in elector numbers in the area, the ratio of elector numbers per councillor needs balancing.

To have your say please go here​.