Electoral Review of New Forest District - Warding Patterns Consultation

Published: 07 January 2020

Political map of New Forest set to change
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people
for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for New Forest District Council.
The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries
across the district.
The Commission has also announced that New Forest should have 48 councillors in future: 12
fewer than the current arrangements.

 Map of New Forest Boundaries

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2019
In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in
council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The
review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests
and identities of communities across New Forest.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and
organisations to help us draw up new wards for New Forest. 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 New Forest, then this consultation is for
you.
“If you’re interested in the way the district is run, just log on to our website to explore our
interactive maps and have your say.
“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 New Forest or just a small part of the district.
“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft
recommendations in June 2020.”
Local people have until 2 March 2020 to submit their views in this consultation. Further
information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at
consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.
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Notes to editors:
1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local
authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of
councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of councils’ external boundaries and
structures.
2. The Commission is carrying out this electoral review following a formal request from the
council.
3. The aim of the ward boundary changes is to provide for ‘electoral equality’; that means each
councillor representing approximately the same number of electors. The Commission must
also have regard to community identity and interests and providing effective and convenient
local government
4. The types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:
 Do you have suggestions about where your ward boundaries should be?
 Which areas do you identify as your local community?
 Where do people in your area go to access local facilities such as shops and leisure
activities?
5. Residents have from 17 December 2019 until 2 March 2020 to have their say about where
ward boundaries for New Forest’s 48 councillors should be drawn. The Commission will
then publish its draft recommendations in June 2020 and open a further phase of
consultation with local people. New wards are scheduled to come into effect at the 2023
council elections.
6. The electoral review of New Forest District Council is a separate undertaking from the
review of parliamentary constituency boundaries, which is carried out by a separate body
(Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.
7. Members of the public can have their say on the new electoral arrangements by writing to:
The Review Officer (New Forest)
LGBCE
1st Floor, Windsor House
50 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0TL
Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk
Follow the Commission on Twitter: @LGBCE
Go directly to the Commission’s consultation portal at: consultation.lgbce.org.uk
Find out more on our website at: www.lgbce.org.uk
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1250 / 1525 or
email: press@lgbce.org.uk

 

Tell us what you think
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking
for your views on our electoral review of New Forest District Council. The review will
agree new council ward boundaries across the council.
■ Do you have suggestions about where your ward boundaries should be?
■ Where do people in your area go to access local facilities, such as shops and
leisure activities?
■ Which areas do you identify as your local community?
Your opinion matters
For more information and interactive maps, visit:
consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.
Write to: Review Officer (New Forest), LGBCE, 1st Floor,
Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0TL
Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk.
Twitter: @LGBCE
Consultation closes:
2 March 2020

Follow the link HERE for the consultation