Local Government Boundaries Commission wants to hear from Fenland residents about new boundary proposals

Fenland residents and local organizations will have the opportunity to tell the Local Government Boundary Commission what they think of a series of proposed new boundary changes.

A 10-week consultation on proposed wards for Fenland District Council will run until June 6, 2022.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is the independent body that draws these boundaries.

Professor Colin Mellors. (55756342)

He’s looking at Fenland to make sure the councilors will represent roughly the same number of voters and that the ward arrangements will help the council run efficiently.

The Commission has released proposed changes to Fenland and proposes that there be 42 councilors representing two one-council wards, five two-council wards and 10 three-council wards.

Proposed changes include: In the parishes of Parson Drove and Wisbech St Mary where the Commission is proposing a two councilor Parson Drove and Roman Bank ward and a three councilor Elm and Wisbech St Mary ward and is particularly keen to hear the points of local view.

The Commission is also proposing that Whittlesey and the City of Wisbech have a one-, two- and three-councillor ward model.

Launching the consultation, Professor Colin Mellors, chairman of the Local Government Boundary Commission, said: “We want the people of Fenland to help us. We have developed proposals for new wards in Fenland and we want to ensure that these new electoral arrangements reflect the communities.

“We also want them to be easy to understand and practical for local people. Residents and local organizations can help us do this.

“We would like them to let us know if they agree with our proposals before we make any final decisions.

“Getting involved is easy: go to our website or you can email or write to us. Just let us know what you think and give us some details about why you think so. It’s very simple, so get involved

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent body responsible to Parliament. It recommends fair electoral and boundary arrangements for local authorities in England. In doing so, it aims to: Ensure that within a body, each councilor represents a similar number of voters; Create appropriate boundaries and reflect community ties and identities; and Provide advice informed by local needs, perspectives and circumstances

The Local Government Boundaries Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people and local organizations in Fenland can view an interactive map where proposal details and comment on ward names, their boundaries and number of councilors per ward . https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/30415

People can also give their opinion by email to [email protected], and by post:

The Review Officer (Fenland), LGBCE, PO Box 133, Blyth NE24 9FE