The independent body responsible for managing the electoral boundaries of England has published its final recommendations for changes in the borough of Havant.
Following public consultation, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England has completed an electoral review of the borough – the first in 22 years - and recommended:
- The borough should have 12 electoral wards - two fewer than present.
- The borough should have 36 councillors - two fewer than present.
The recommendation will decide which ward residents will vote in and help balance the number of residents represented by each councillor.
Subject to parliamentary order, the new electoral arrangements will come into force in 2024 at the local elections. As a result of the changed boundaries, every councillor will be re-elected in 2024.
"I'm grateful for the work of the commission ensuring we have balanced representation of the borough's residents." said Kim Sawyer Chief Executive and Returning Officer for elections within the Havant Borough. "Their efforts in supporting effective local government is welcome, and ensures we are in the best possible position to support our residents."
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent body directly accountable to Parliament. It is non-political and recommends fair electoral and boundary arrangements for local authorities in England. In doing so, it aims to:
- Make sure that, within an authority, each councillor represents a similar number of electors
- Create boundaries that are appropriate, and reflect community ties and identities
- Deliver reviews informed by local needs, views and circumstances
To view the recommended (and existing) boundaries on an interactive map, visit www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk.
For full details of the final report - and the background to the recommendations made– visit www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/hampshire/havant.