12:26pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013
PEOPLE are urged to have their say on the new ward boundaries set to be drawn up for Darlington.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has ruled that the number of councillors representing Darlington Borough Council should be reduced from 53 to 50 in time for the next election in 2015.
The commission is asking local people, businesses and community organisations for their help to produce a new pattern of wards for 50 councillors.
Max Caller, chairman of the commission, said: “We want to hear local views on where people think the focal point of their community is and where the natural boundaries between communities might lie.
“As we draw new boundaries, we will try to ensure that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. We also aim to produce a pattern of wards that reflects the interests and identities of communities.
“The commission will carefully consider all evidence presented to it during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of the borough or just a small part of it.”
The Commission will draw up draft recommendations for a new pattern of wards in March 2014. Local residents and organisations will then get another chance to have their say in a further round of consultation.
This phase of consultation closes on December 10. Further information about the review and interactive maps of existing wards can be found at consultation.lgbce.org.uk or lgbce.org.uk
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