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Boundary Commission Review of Tameside MBC Wards

Tameside Ward Boundary Review

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is undertaking a consultation on ward boundaries for Tameside Council.

Members of the public are invited to have a say via the Commission’s consultation portal

https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/have-your-say/24716

A ten week public consultation on proposals for new council wards and ward boundaries for Tameside Council is now underway

The consultation will close on 05 April 2021.

After considering all representations made to the Commission during this consultation, draft recommendations will be published in June 2021.

The Commission will then hold a further period of consultation on the draft recommendations. Final recommendations are expected to be published in November 2021.

The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in May 2023.

If you represent a local organisation or community group in Tameside please pass this message on to your members or anyone who you think might be interested in the review.

Notes:

What is an electoral review?

The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Tameside Council. Proposals will include:

  • the total number of councillors elected to the council in the future;
  • the number of wards;
  • the number of councillors representing each ward;
  • ward boundaries; and
  • the names of wards.

How to get involved

This is a public consultation and views are welcomed from individuals and organisations across Tameside on where they think new ward boundaries should be drawn.

The Commission is minded to recommend that 57councillors should be elected to Tameside Council in the future.

This is no change from the current number of councillors.

The Commission is now inviting proposals to help draw up a pattern of wards to accommodate 57 councillors.

In drawing up new electoral wards, three legal criteria will be balanced, namely:

  • to deliver electoral equality: where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the borough;
  • that the pattern of wards 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.

The Commission 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, you are urged to ensure that evidence supports your submission.

For example, if you wish to argue that two areas should be included in the same electoral ward, make sure you tell the Commission 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  the Commission’s website http://www.lgbce.org.uk/ about how you can get involved in the consultation.

The website features  technical guidance

http://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Corporate%20Documents/technical-guidance-2014%20(reduced).pdf

that explains the process and policies, as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process.

A webpage dedicated to the review of Tameside Council has also been set up, where you can find all the relevant information.

You can also access interactive maps of the current ward boundaries across Tameside Council on a specialist consultation portal

https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/ .

The portal also allows you to comment and upload documents directly to the site.

Comments on warding arrangements are invited by 05 April 2021. Representations should be made:

– Through the  interactive consultation portal

https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/

where you can explore the maps of the recommendations and make comments;

– By email to  reviews@lgbce.org.uk
– Or in writing to

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