Bromley Council ward boundary changes proposed

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Bromley Council could have two fewer council seats in future as part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the borough.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people, including Beckenham residents, for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Bromley Council.

The consultation is the first part of the electoral review and the commission has stated that Bromley Council should have 58 councillors in future – two fewer than the current arrangements.

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 Bromley.

Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Bromley. 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 Bromley, then this consultation is for you.

“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 Bromley or just a small part of the council.

“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in October.”

Beckenham residents have until September 2, 2019 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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