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The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across the Erewash borough to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.

  

An eleven-week public consultation on the recommendations began on Wednesday 12 February 2014 and will end on Monday 28 April 2014. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across the borough.

  

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Erewash Borough Council should have 47 councillors in the future, four fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent 10 two-member wards and nine three-member wards across the borough.

  

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings and libraries.

  

Max Caller CBE, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Erewash and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations. Over the next eleven weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved. 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. We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across the borough and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people. We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole borough or just part of it.”

  

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Erewash Borough Council. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write to or email the Commission by Monday 28 April 2014:

  

The Review Officer (Erewash)

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Layden House

76-86 Turnmill Street

London EC1M 5LG

  

Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

  

Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal: consultation.lgbce.org.uk

  

Link to the dedicated web page for the Erewash electoral review: www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/east-midlands/derbyshire/erewash-fer

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