Residents in Chorley are being urged to have their say on how they are represented by their local councillor as part of a process to re-draw the political map in Chorley.
The map of how the borough is split up into wards is undergoing a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE), a national independent body and it’s the final chance for people to influence the outcome.
Over the summer months, the LGBCE carried out a consultation in which it asked for suggestions on how the new wards should be mapped out. From the responses it received the LGBCE has now launched a second consultation based on its own draft recommendations on new mapping arrangements for Chorley which it published on 6 November.
Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “The last review took place in 2000 and with the shape and nature of our borough changing over that time it’s our turn to be looked at again.
“A lot of work has gone into trying to get the right balance of keeping local communities together while having equal numbers of voters in each ward but the organisation leading this process needs the people who live in those areas to let us know what they think.
“It’s important people take the time to look at the proposals and if they have any comments – whether they support the recommendations or have other suggestions – that they take part in the consultation.”
The review, undertaken by the LGBCE, has already decided that the size of the council will change from 47 to 42 councillors and that the number of wards will reduce from 20 to 14.
The whole process is aimed at having better democratic accountability and that councillors will have a more equal split of residents to represent.
“The latest round of consultation led to a number of changes from the map we proposed as a council and those changes relate to a lot of the wards including how Euxton and the western villages are split up, which was an area of the borough that generated a lot of debate,” said Councillor Bradley.
“It will be the boundary commission that makes the final decision and they will base their decision on what they feel works best for residents and they can only do that if they know what people in Chorley think.
“The outcome of the review will only have implications on people’s voting arrangements – such as what ward you live in and who represents you – not any wider changes to the local community.”
The consultation deadline to comment on the LGBCE’s draft recommendations is Monday, 14 January 2019. The outcome of the consultation will be known on 26 March 2019 when the LGBCE publish its final recommendations.
To find more information and to take part in the consultation click here