Lichfield and Burntwood residents are being asked for their input into a review on county council electoral divisions.
The review is being carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England because 25 of the 59 electoral divisions in the county now have an electorate that is either 10 per cent bigger or smaller than the average for the whole of Staffordshire.
The Boundary Commission wants to ensure that each county councillor represents around the same number of people and that everyone’s vote is worth the same.
Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said:
“It’s important that people have the opportunity to have their say on how Staffordshire’s county electoral divisions are formed and that they are properly represented.
“The Boundary Commission needs to know that it is reflecting the views of people living in the areas where there may be changes. The review will help to ensure electoral divisions are fair and people’s votes equal.”
Now the Boundary Commission is looking for suggestions for new electoral divisions. As a result, the county council is asking for people’s help in putting forward proposals that meet the criteria produced by the Boundary Commission:
- Making sure the number of electors in each division is not more than 10% higher or lower than the county average.
- Making sure Staffordshire’s distinct communities and their identities are properly reflected and represented through the proposals.
- The boundaries between divisions match closely with district and borough council wards.
- Divisions do not cross boundaries between district or borough councils.
To find out more information and have you say visit the county council’s website.