A consultation on ward boundaries for Windsor and Maidenhead has begun
Have your say via our Consultation Portal by clicking the following link:
Today is the start of a ten-week public consultation during which the Commission is inviting proposals for new warding arrangements. The consultation will close on 4 December 2017. After considering all representations made during this consultation, the Commission intends to publish draft recommendations in February 2018. There will then be a further period of consultation on the draft recommendations. Final recommendations are expected to be published in June 2018. The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in 2019.
What is an electoral review?
The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Windsor and Maidenhead. It will propose:
- The total number of councillors elected to the council in the future
- The number of wards
- The number of councillors representing each ward
- Ward boundaries
- Names of wards
How to get involved
This is a public consultation and we welcome views from individuals and organisations across Windsor and Maidenhead on where they think new ward patterns should be drawn.
The Commission is minded to recommend that 43 councillors should be elected to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in the future. It is now inviting proposals to help it draw up a pattern of wards to accommodate 43 councillors.
In drawing up a pattern of electoral wards, the Commission must balance three criteria, which are set out in law, namely:
- To deliver electoral equality where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across Windsor and Maidenhead.
- 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.
We are asking local people and organisations for their views as to the best pattern of wards for Windsor and Maidenhead which meet the requirements set out above.
The Commission will treat all submissions equally and will judge each case on its merits and against the statutory criteria. 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 parishes should be included in the same electoral ward, make sure you tell the Commission why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations, and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together.
There is plenty more advice on our website about how you can get involved in the consultation and put your views forward. The website includes the technical guidance that explains the process and our policies as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process. We have set up a page on our site which is dedicated to the review of Windsor and Maidenhead where you can find all the relevant information.
You can also access interactive maps of the current ward boundaries across Windsor and Maidenhead on our specialist consultation portal. The portal also allows you to draw your own boundaries, mark areas of interest on the map and upload documents directly to the site.
Get in touch
The Commission welcomes comments on the recommendations report by 4 December 2017. Representations should be made:
- Through our interactive consultation portal where you can explore the maps of the recommendations, draw your own boundaries and supply comments
- By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Or in writing to Review Officer (Windsor and Maidenhead), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th Floor, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP