As Councillor numbers are being reduced, Council division boundaries across Cornwall need to be re-drawn

Cornwall Council is holding a series of events across Cornwall over the next three months to find out what residents think should be the Council’s response to a consultation being carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE).

In September 2017, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) confirmed their decision that the Council size for Cornwall from 2021 will be 87 Councillors. This is a reduction of 36 from the current 123. The Commission’s rationale for their decision is set out in their letter to the Council’s Chief Executive.

The LGBCE consultation is inviting submissions from organisations and individuals to help  produce a new pattern of divisions to accommodate 87 councillors after their decision, announced in September, to reduce the number of Cornwall Councillors down from the current 123.

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The decision about the 87 councillors won’t change, it’s where those 87 councillors will represent in the future which is being talked about here.

The Chairman of the Council’s cross party Electoral Review Panel Cllr Malcolm Brown said:  “I urge people to come along and make their views known.  We want to make sure that the Council’s response to the LGBCE consultation on where the new boundaries are drawn reflect what our residents tell us.

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Cllr Malcolm Brown

 

From May 2021, the LGBCE has decided that Cornwall Council will have 87 members – a reduction of 36 from the current number of 123.  This means that the current electoral divisions across Cornwall have to be redrawn to reflect that reduced number.

It is important that the new boundaries take into account community identity as well as the number of residents, the rural and urban make up of each division and the availability of local facilities.  I know there will be strong feelings from many on where the new boundaries should be and we want to capture and reflect that in the Council’s submission to the LGBCE.”

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Details of all the events are on the Council’s website.  The first event is in St Austell on 06 November and will be followed by meetings in Saltash, Truro, Liskeard, Pool, Bodmin, Penzance, Launceston and Helston.  Each event will run from 6pm to 8pm.

You can also let the Council know what you think by sending in your comments so that it can take account of them when it formulates its response to LGBCE.  Please send in your thoughts by emailingelectoralreview2018@cornwall.gov.uk

Residents and organisations can make their own submission to the LGBCE by contacting them direct https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/

The LGBCE consultation runs until 19 February 2018.

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