South Norfolk ward boundaries could change in ‘electoral equality’ move

The proposed new ward boundaries for south Norfolk. Picture: Local Government Boundary Commission fo

The proposed new ward boundaries for south Norfolk. Picture: Local Government Boundary Commission for England. - Credit: Archant

Draft recommendations for new council ward boundaries have been drawn up for south Norfolk.

Currently, South Norfolk Council is represented by 46 councillors and has 36 wards.

In a report from the Independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England, it has been proposed the number of councillors should remain the same, but the number of wards should be reduced to 27 and all but one ward boundary should be changed.

The changes to the district's boundaries have been suggested to create 'electoral equality'.

Currently, some councillors represent more or fewer votes than others and therefore it creates 'electoral inequality'.

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A nine-week public consultation on the recommendations has started and residents are being asked for their views.

Professor Colin Mellors, chairman of the commission, said: '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.'

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The recommendation says the 46 councillors should represent 12 single-member wards, 11 two-member wards and four three-member wards across the district.

People will have until January 9, 2017 to have their say.

The commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in March 2017.

The full recommendations and interactive maps are available at and

Hard copies will be available to view at council buildings and libraries.

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