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Have your say on new ward boundaries for Cherwell

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Cherwell District Council.

Following a public consultation earlier this year, the Commission is minded to recommend that the council should have 48 councillors in the future, two fewer than the current arrangements.

The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Cherwell to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 48 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 voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Cherwell.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: "The starting point of an electoral review is for the Commission to take a view on the number of councillors who should represent the authority in future. On the evidence presented to the Commission, we are minded to recommend that Cherwell should have 48 councillors in future. 

"We are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Cherwell. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters. 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 Cherwell or just a small part of the district. We will publish all the submissions on our website so that local people can see all the various proposals we receive. Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in September."

Local people have until 7 July to submit their views. Further information on the review 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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