Have your say on new county division boundaries

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An appeal has been made by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England for local people to help it draw up a new pattern of electoral divisions for Lancashire County Council.

The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 84 county councillors in future: the same as the current arrangements.

The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Lancashire to help it to produce a new pattern of divisions to accommodate 84 county councillors.

In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each county councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new county divisions reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Lancashire.

Max Caller, chairman of the Commission, said: “The starting point of an electoral review is for the Commission to take a view on the number of councillors that should represent the authority in future. On the evidence presented to the Commission, we are minded to recommend that Lancashire should continue to have 84 councillors.

“We are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new divisions for Lancashire. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.

“Your views will make a difference.

“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Lancashire or just a small part of the county.”

He added: “We will publish all the submissions on our website so that local people can see all the various proposals we receive. Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in November.”

Local people have until August 31st to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing divisions can be found at: www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.