Borough Insight

Council review - have your say

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent statutory body, whose objectives include the provision of electoral arrangements that are fair and that deliver electoral equality for voters.

Periodically the Commission undertakes an examination of a Council’s electoral arrangements. This includes

  • the total numbers of councillors to be elected
  • the number of wards or divisions
  • the number of councillors for each ward/ division

The review is to ensure that each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters and that wards represent the interests and identities of their local communities and to ensure the council works effectively and efficiently.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council’s last review was in 1997 – 24 years ago.Image: Current wards in Epsom and Ewell

Having conducted a very top level appraisal, the Commission is minded that the number of councillors in Epsom & Ewell should be 35. This is a change from the current borough council which has 38. This is the very start of the review process, to which residents and others are asked to participate.

The Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area.

A 10 week consultation on the proposals will run until 19 July 2021.

The Commission is interested in views on which communities should be part of the same ward.
What facilities do people share, such as parks, leisure centres or schools and shopping areas?
What issues do neighbouring communities face that they have in common, such as high numbers of visitors or heavy traffic?
Have there been new housing or commercial developments that have changed the focus of communities?
And are there roads, rivers, railways or other features that people believe form strong boundaries between neighbourhoods?

The Commission will use local views to help it draw up proposals for new ward boundaries. There will be a further round of consultation once the Commission has drawn up those proposals.

Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We want people in Epsom & Ewell to help us.

“We are starting to draw up new wards for Epsom & Ewell. We want our proposals for new electoral arrangements to reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.

“Residents and local organisations can help us understand community ties and identities at this early stage of the process.
“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 give their views: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/27356 (link is external)

People can also give their views by e-mail at reviews@lgbce.org.uk, and by post:
The Review Officer (Epsom & Ewell)
LGBCE
PO Box 133
Blyth
NE24 9FE

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