The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has formally commenced an electoral review of Kent County Council with the launch of a public consultation to seek views on future division boundaries for the council.
The review aims to deliver electoral equality for voters across the county. At present, some county councillors represent many more, or many fewer, electors than their colleagues elsewhere in the county. The review aims to correct those imbalances.
The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Kent County Council covering the total number of councillors, number of divisions, number of councillors representing each division, division boundaries and names of divisions.
The public consultation will close on 2 March 2015. After further review and consultation it is expected that the new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in 2016.
The Commission is minded to recommend that 81 councillors should be elected to Kent County Council in the future. It is now inviting proposals to help it draw up a pattern of divisions to accommodate 81 county councillors.
In drawing up a pattern of electoral divisions, the Commission must balance three criteria, which are set out in law, namely:
- To deliver electoral equality where each county councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the county.
- That the pattern of divisions 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.
Comments can be sent to: email@example.com
or write to: Review Officer (Kent), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG