Basingstoke and Deane Electoral Review

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is carrying out an electoral review of Basingstoke and Deane.

The last review of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council wards was completed in October 2007. As a result of population changes, there are now significant imbalances in the number of electors per councillor in some of the borough’s electoral wards. The Commission has, therefore, decided that a new review should be carried out with the aim of ensuring that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters.

The Commission originally opened a consultation on new ward boundaries in November 2017 when it also announced that the council should have 54 councillors in future: six fewer than the current arrangements. In January 2018, the Commission paused the review to consider more evidence about councillor numbers and has confirmed that 54 councillors should represent the borough.

Between February and 7 May 2018 the Commission held a consultation, inviting people to submit proposals for a new ward pattern based on 54 councillors. In drawing up new boundaries the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Basingstoke and Deane.

The Commission will publish its draft recommendations in a further consultation scheduled to take place from 7 August 2018 to 15 October 2018. The Commission will then publish final recommendations in November 2018. The changes will come into force at the borough council elections in May 2019 through an “all out” election.

Information, guidance and statistics to assist in drawing up ward boundaries including maps and electoral forecasts can be found on the Local Government Boundary Commission website at:

http://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/hampshire/basingstoke-and-deane

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