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.
A 10-week public consultation on the LGBCE draft ward boundary recommendations ran from 7 August 2018 to 15 October 2018 and has now closed. The draft recommendations proposed that Basingstoke and Deane should have 54 councillors in future: this is 6 fewer than now. The recommendations also outlined how those councillors should represent 18 three-councillor wards across the borough. The Commission’s plans would mean changes to all but two of the existing wards in Basingstoke and Deane.
The Commission will now consider all submissions and will publish its final recommendations in March 2019. Once the Commission agrees its final recommendations it will lay a draft order in both Houses of Parliament. Parliament will then have 40 days in which to consider the recommendations. If both Houses are satisfied with the recommendations, the draft order will be ‘made’ and the new wards and council size (the number of councillors) will come into effect in an all-out council election in May 2020.
Further details of the Basingstoke and Deane electoral review are on the Commission’s website at https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/hampshire/basingstoke-and-deane