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LGBCE consultation on Reading ward boundary changes has opened

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The Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s (LGBCE) consultation on ward boundary changes in Reading has now opened. The LGBCE is undertaking a review because five of Reading’s wards including Church, Redlands and Whitley have elector populations that are more than 10% above or below the average for the borough.

They say that they are “minded to accept” an increase in the number of local councillors in Reading from 46 to 48. This was proposed by Reading Borough Council (RBC) in a report to the council’s policy committee in July.

You can suggest ideas for boundary changes and there is also an interactive map tool on the consultation website which allows you to draw new boundaries.

LGBCE has guidance on how to propose new ward boundaries:

  • Explain your suggestions using evidence and examples.
  • 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.
Electorate
(December 2017) /December 2018
% above or below
Reading ward average in (2017)/2018
Reading ward average(7329)/7250(0%)/0%
Church(6466)/6243(-12%)/-14%
Redlands(5868)/5333(-20%)/-26%
Whitley(8606)/8846(+17%)/+22%
Reading total electorate(112362)/ 111165n/a

Table: The three south and east Reading wards whose total electorate deviate by more than 10% from the Reading average, and overall numbers for Reading (source – 15 July 2019 policy committee papers and other RBC figures).

Submissions on proposed boundary changes can be made either online on the LGBCE website where you can also upload documents, by email to [email protected] or by post to the review officer (Reading), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 1st Floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0TL.

The consultation deadline is 4 November 2019. All comments, but not your personal details, will be published at the end of the consultation.

Draft recommendations will be made at the end of February 2020, followed by another round of public consultation.

As there are no local elections in 2021, the new boundaries will be used for the first time in the 2022 local elections.


Links
  1. LGBCE website, Reading page and ‘have your say’ review page
  2. Political map of Reading set to change
  3. Reading ward boundaries will change by 2022

2 comments

  1. I keep going round in a loop on the consultation website trying to find the information on electors per ward. Without it I can’t see how anyone could make a meaningful contribution. Can you point me to where this information is available on the consultation website?

  2. I don’t think they are on the consultation website but the main source we used was 15 July policy committee papers in particular page 16 of the Member’s Briefing Pack (link in article or – https://democracy.reading.gov.uk/ieIssueDetails.aspx?IId=4892&PlanId=0&Opt=3#AI1764).

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