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Braintree district: One month left to comment on proposed council reform
11:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
Voters have a month to have their say before new council ward boundaries are drawn across the district.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) plans to reduce the number of councillors in Braintree district from 60 to 50.
In July, the LGBCE agreed with proposals to reduce the number of councillors by ten, which were suggested by Braintree Council as a cost-saving measure.
LGBCE chairman Max Caller said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up a new pattern of council wards for the whole district.
“We want to hear local views on where people think the focal point of their community is and where the natural boundaries between communities might lie.
“As we draw new boundaries, we will try to ensure that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters.
“We also aim to produce a pattern of wards that reflects the interests and identities of communities.”
The current consultation phase ends on September 23.
Draft recommendations of new ward boundaries are due to be published by the LGBCE in January, when a further consultation will be launched.
For more information about the review, including interactive maps of existing wards, visit consultation.lgbce.org.uk
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