A 10-weekpublic consultation by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England is underway inviting proposals for new council wards and ward boundaries for West Northamptonshire Council.
Our consultation will close on 7 November 2022.
After we have considered all representations made to us during this consultation, we intend to publish draft recommendations in February 2023.
We will then hold a further period of consultation on our draft recommendations. Our final recommendations are expected to be published in July 2023.
The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in May 2025.
What is an electoral review?
Our electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for West Northamptonshire 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 West Northamptonshire on where they think new ward boundaries should be drawn.
We are minded to recommend that 77 councillors should be elected to West Northamptonshire Council in the future.
This is 16 fewer than the current number of councillors.
We are now inviting proposals to help us draw up a pattern of wards to accommodate 77 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 area;
- 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 West Northamptonshire Council, where you can find all the relevant information.
You can also access interactive maps of the current ward boundaries across West Northamptonshire on our specialist consultation portal. The portal also allows you to comment and upload documents directly to the site.
Get in touch
We welcome comments on warding arrangements by 7 November 2022. Representations should be made:
Or in writing to Review Officer (West Northamptonshire), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, PO Box 133, Blyth, NE24 9FE