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People could be moved into different electoral wards in Norwich City Council shake-up

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Norwich to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries. Pic: Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Norwich to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries. Pic: Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018

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A shake-up is on the cards for Norwich City Council’s electoral wards, which would see some people move into different divisions.

The Independent Local Boundary Commission for England has today started a 10-week public consultation over its draft proposals for changes to council wards.

The commission is not recommending any reduction in the 13 wards or recommending that their current names should be changed.

And they are not recommending that there should be more or less than the current 39 city councillors.

But the boundaries of the wards could be tweaked, with the aim to ensure each city councillor represents roughly the same number of voters.

Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the independent commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Norwich and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“Over the next 10 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 councillor represents a similar number of people, so that everyone’s vote in 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 Norwich and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government for local people.

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

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the commission’s website at https://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.

People who want to have their say should write to The Review Officer (Norwich), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 1st Floor, Windsor House, 50, Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL or email reviews@lgbce.org.uk.

Submissions should be made by September 10.


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