The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a public consultation on its draft recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Carlisle City Council.
The consultation opened on Tuesday 7 August 2018 and closes on Monday 15 October 2018.
The draft recommendations propose that 39 city councillors should be elected to Carlisle City Council in future. The recommendations also propose new electoral ward boundaries across the city.
Once the Commission has considered all the responses to the consultation, they aim to publish final recommendations in November 2018. They will then lay a draft order in both Houses of Parliament under the negative resolution procedure. Subject to parliamentary scrutiny, the new electoral arrangements are scheduled to come into effect at the city elections in 2019.
The Commission’s report on its draft recommendations can also be found at: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/north-west/cumbria/carlisle
Interactive maps of the proposals are also posted on the Commission’s consultation portal at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/11286
The portal also allows visitors to submit comments and alternative proposals.
The Commission considered all the submissions it received in the previous stages of the review before drawing up the draft recommendations.
They sought to balance the criteria they must follow when drawing up recommendations:
- To deliver electoral equality where each city councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the city.
- 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.
The Commission will consider all representations made on the draft recommendations and has an open mind about amending the scheme if an alternative pattern of wards would better meet the statutory criteria above.
It is also important for respondents to the consultation to indicate where and why they support the draft recommendations.
Further information on drawing up a pattern of electoral wards and putting forward alternative proposals is available in our guidance document: Electoral reviews: technical guidance, which can be found at:
They also publish a practical guide for putting forward submissions called How to propose a pattern of wards which is available at:
Their website - www.lgbce.org.uk - also includes information about previous electoral reviews of city councils where you can see how the Commission came to its conclusions and how other counties, districts and parishes responded to consultations on draft recommendations.
Correspondence and enquiries
Correspondence relating to the review - and consultation responses - should be addressed to:
Review Officer (Carlisle)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
1st Floor, Windsor House,
50 Victoria Street,
Email: [email protected]
Responses to the consultation can also be made directly through their specialist consultation portal: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk