25 Mar Have your say on ward boundaries for Mid Sussex District Council
This is the start of a 10-week public consultation inviting proposals for new council wards and ward boundaries for Mid Sussex District Council.
We are asking local people and organisations for their help to draw up new ward boundaries across Mid Sussex.
The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 48 councillors in the future.
We are now drawing up a new pattern of wards to accommodate 48 councillors. We need your help to tell where the new boundaries should be drawn.
This stage of the consultation closes on 31 May 2021.
What is an electoral review?
Our electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Mid Sussex District Council. We 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; and
- the names of wards.
How to get involved
This is a public consultation and we welcome views from individuals and organisations across Mid Sussex on where they think new ward boundaries should be drawn.
We are minded to recommend that 48 councillors should be elected to Mid Sussex District Council in the future.
This is six fewer than the current number of councillors.
We are now inviting proposals to help us draw up a pattern of wards to accommodate 48 councillors.
In drawing up new electoral wards, we must balance three legal criteria, namely:
- to deliver electoral equality: where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the district;
- 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 will treat all submissions equally, and judge each case on its merits and against the legal 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 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.
There is more advice on our website about how you can get involved in the consultation.
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.
We have also set up a webpage dedicated to the review of Mid Sussex, where you can find all the relevant information.
You can also access interactive maps of the current ward boundaries across Mid Sussex on our specialist consultation portal. The portal also allows you to comment and upload documents directly to the site.