Have your say: Dartford to lose two councillors in boundary review
PUBLISHED: 00:01 26 September 2017
The borough’s wards will have to shifted for the drop
Voters in Dartford are being urged to have their say on changes to the borough’s ward boundaries.
The Local Government Boundary Commission is running a public consultation as part of an electoral review to reshape the borough’s wards.
The proposed change is expected to cut two councillors from Dartford Borough Council, bringing the total number down to 42.
A spokesperson from LGBC said: “The commission now needs information from people and groups across Dartford to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 42 councillors.”
The consultation, which starts from today, is a chance for resident’s to explain why certain areas need to be kept within the same wards, before a second consultation runs with the commission’s suggestions next year.
Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the commission, added: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Dartford. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
“If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Dartford, then this consultation is for you. 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 Dartford or just a small part of the council area.
“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in February 2018.”
We have approached Dartford Borough Council for comment.
The consultation runs until December 4, to have your say, visit consultation.lgbce.org.uk.