Today is the start of a 10-week public consultation on proposals for new council divisions and division boundaries for Wiltshire Council.
Our consultation will close on 5 November 2018.
After we have considered all representations made to us during this consultation, we intend to publish draft recommendations in February 2019.
We will then hold a further period of consultation on our draft recommendations. Our final recommendations are expected to be published in July 2019.
The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in May 2021.
If you represent a local organisation or community group in Wiltshire, please pass this message on to your members or anyone who you think might be interested in the review. You can share the message by email or through social media by using the buttons at the bottom right of the page.
What is an electoral review?
Our electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Wiltshire Council. We will propose:
- the total number of councillors elected to the council in the future;
- the number of divisions;
- the number of councillors representing each division;
- division boundaries; and
- the names of divisions.
How to get involved
This is a public consultation and we welcome views from individuals and organisations across Wiltshire on where they think new division boundaries should be drawn.
We are minded to recommend that 98 councillors should be elected to Wiltshire Council in the future.
This is no change from the current number of councillors.
We are now inviting proposals to help us draw up a pattern of divisions to accommodate 98 councillors.
In drawing up new electoral divisions, we must balance three legal criteria, namely:
- to deliver electoral equality: where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the county;
- that the pattern of divisions should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities;
- that the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.
We will treat all submissions equally, and judge each case on its merits and against the legal criteria.
If you wish to put forward a view, we would also urge you to ensure that evidence supports your submission.
For example, if you wish to argue that two areas should be included in the same electoral division, make sure you tell us why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations, and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together.
There is more advice on our website about how you can get involved in the consultation.
Our website features technical guidance that explains the process and our policies, as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process.
We have also set up a webpage dedicated to the review of Wiltshire, where you can find all the relevant information.
You can also access interactive maps of the current ward boundaries across Wiltshire on our specialist consultation portal. The portal also allows you to draw your own boundaries, mark areas of interest on the map and upload documents directly to the site.
Get in touch
We welcome comments on division arrangements by 5 November 2018. Representations should be made:
– Through our interactive consultation portal, where you can explore the maps of the recommendations, draw your own boundaries and make comments;
– By email to firstname.lastname@example.org;
– Or in writing to Review Officer (Wiltshire), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 1st Floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0TL