A woodland scene. A new pattern of electoral divisions is being developed for Northumberland County Council.

Have your say on a new political map for the council

A new pattern of electoral divisions is being developed for Northumberland County Council.

The Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Northumberland should be 67, the same as now.

The council has formally asked the Commission to carry out a single member division review. This means that the Commission will aim to draw up a pattern of electoral divisions where each division is represented by one county councillor.

The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. A 10-week consultation inviting proposals will run until 30 January 2023.

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Northumberland to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that electoral division arrangements help the council work effectively. It wants to be sure that its proposals reflect community ties and identities.

The Commission is interested in views on which communities should be part of the same division. 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 division 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 Northumberland to help us.

“We are starting to draw up new divisions for Northumberland. 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: www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/38227.

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