New boundaries are being proposed for council divisions in Suffolk County Council.
The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 23 November 2020.
The Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Suffolk County Council to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that division arrangements will help the council work effectively.
The Commission has published proposals for changes to Suffolk County Council. It is proposing that there should be 70 councillors in future: five fewer than now. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent 70 single-councillor divisions across the county. The boundaries of all existing divisions should change except for one.
Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Boundary Commission, said:
“We have drawn up proposals for new divisions in Suffolk County Council. We want to make sure these new electoral arrangements reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.
“Residents and local organisations can help us do that. We would like them to let us know whether they agree with our proposals before we take final decisions.
“It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us.
“Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved”
The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can see the detail of the proposals and comment on the names of divisions, their boundaries and the number of councillors per division: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/18495
People can also give their views by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by post to: The Review Officer for Suffolk County Council, GBCE c/o Cleardata, Innovation House, Coniston Court, Riverside Business Park, Blyth, NE24 4RP.