The Local Government Boundary Commission for England are asking local people and organisations to comment on draft recommendations for new ward boundaries across Reading Borough Council. You can take part in the consultation through their interactive consultation portal. Their website includes further information about the Commission and the review.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England say:
We encourage everyone who has a view on the draft recommendations to contact us, whether you support them or whether you wish to propose alternative arrangements. We will consider every representation received during consultation, whether it is submitted by an individual, a local group or an organisation. We will weigh each submission against the legal criteria which we must follow when drawing up electoral arrangements:
- to deliver electoral equality: where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the borough;
- that the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities;
- that the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.
- It is important that you take account of the criteria if you are suggesting an alternative pattern of wards.
If you wish to put forward a view, we would also urge you to ensure that evidence supports your submission. For example, if you wish to argue that two areas should be included in the same electoral ward, make sure you tell us why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations, and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together. Our website features technical guidance that explains the process and our policies, as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process.
- Find out more and take part in the consultation.
- Promote the review in Reading with a promotional poster.
- The consultation runs until 13 April 2020.