Horsham residents to help create new ward boundaries

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Residents are being asked to help draw up new boundaries for council wards across the Horsham district.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has announced the first part of a review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the district.

Three new councillors will be created as part of the shake-up.

The Commission is gathering information from people and groups to help produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 47 district councillors.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Horsham. 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 Horsham, then this consultation is for you. Alternatively, if you’re simply interested in the way the district is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.

“Your views will make a difference.

“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 Horsham or just a small part of the district.

“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in February 2017.”

Residents have until December 5 to submit their views.

Further information and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.

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