Have your say on boundaries

August 04 2014

BRISTOL City Council is urging local people to have their say on ward boundaries as part of a major project which reviews how local communities are represented.

BRISTOL City Council is urging local people to have their say on ward boundaries as part of a major project which reviews how local communities are represented.
The review aims to balance the number of people represented by each councillor, whilst also considering locals' views on what makes up their ward.
The Local Government Boundary Commission - the independent body established to review the city's boundaries - has recommended that Bristol should continue to be served by 70 councillors.
The commission is asking people to share what they consider their local community - taking into account where they live, shop and visit.
A draft proposal will then be published by the commission in December 2014, when a second consultation will ask for feedback on their proposed wards.
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol said: "The debate is now about where the ward boundaries lie in order to make sure that the number of councillors is proportionate to the number of people they serve.
“People hold their local identities dear, with different parts of the city enjoying unique and special characteristics. I am sure that people have strong views when faced with unexpected change, so now is the time for all citizens to contribute their thoughts.
“I urge all Bristolians and local community organisations to take part and make sure that their voices are heard as the new-look Bristol democratic map is designed.”
Bristol residents have until September 29 to submit their ideas about where boundaries should be drawn. Information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at: www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.