Review of north Norfolk ward boundaries launched

The North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) offices in Cromer. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) offices in Cromer. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A review of council ward boundaries in north Norfolk has been launched with the community urged to have their say.

The two year process will consider how the district's wards should be carved up and the number of councillors.

The changes will be introduced in time for the 2019 local elections.

Local Government Boundary Commission lead commissioner Sir Tony Redmond said he was launching the review with a 'blank page.'

Speaking at a briefing for councillors, Sir Tony said: 'In our experience you do not get uniformity of views, whether from the local council, residents associations or private sector, but we have got an open approach to the review.'

The district council is currently made up of 48 councillors representing 34 wards.

Public consultations will be held from June to September and November and January 2017 following the publication of draft proposals.

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Final recommendations will be made in March next year.

Review manager Richard Buck told the meeting that 47 per cent of wards in the district had a variance from the average number of voters of more than 10 per cent.

Happisburgh has 19pc more voters than the average and Sheringham North 19pc fewer.

To contribute to the review visit consultation.lgbce.org.uk

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