Have your say on ward boundaries for Mole Valley District Council

Earlier this year the Local Government Boundary Commission for England initiated a review of the pattern of wards for Mole Valley District Council (MVDC). 

The Local Government Boundary Commission recently announced it is minded to support a proposal submitted by MVDC to reduce the number of councillors in Mole Valley to 39 and retain “elections by thirds”. 

Whilst wards in MVDC currently have one, two or three councillors, the MVDC decision to opt to retain elections by thirds requires all wards to be impacted equally at each election – which means each newly defined ward will have to be served by 3 members (or a multiple of 3 members in the case of a very large ward).

The MVDC ward of Brockham, Betchworth and Buckland is currently served by 2 District Councillors.

The Local Government Boundary Commission is inviting you to propose new ward boundaries. When considering a proposal you are advised you will need to explain your opinion using evidence and examples and think about the three legal factors the Commission uses to draw new boundaries:

  • New wards should leave each councillor representing roughly the same number of voters as other councillors elsewhere in the authority.
  • New wards should – as far as possible – reflect community interests and identities, and boundaries should be identifiable. Consider transport links, community groups and facilities, natural or physical boundaries, parishes and shared interests.
  • New wards should promote effective and convenient local government. Consider the number of councillors for, the geographic size of, and the links between parts of the ward.

The Local Government Boundary Commission states equal weight is given to all submissions, regardless of whom they are from so have your say!

Residents can get involved and register their views in a number of ways, by visiting the Commission’s website, responding by email, using the mobile app or by post: Review Officer (Mole Valley), LGBCE, PO Box 133, Blyth, NE24 9FE.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said “We want people in Mole Valley to help us. We are starting to draw up new wards for Mole Valley. We want our proposals for new electoral arrangements to reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people. Residents and local organisations can help us understand community ties and identities at this early stage of the process.”

This stage of the consultation will close on 6 December 2021.

The Local Government Boundary Commission has announced an intention to publish draft recommendations in March 2022, afterwhich, a further period of consultation will be held on the draft recommendations.

The final recommendations are expected to be published in August 2022 with new electoral arrangements due to come into effect at the local elections in May 2023.

November 17, 2021
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