The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has formally commenced an electoral review of Dartford Borough Council.
The commission is carrying out a review to deliver electoral equality for voters across the borough. At present some borough councillors represent many more, or many fewer, electors than their colleagues elsewhere in the borough. The reviews aims to correct these imbalances.
The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Dartford Council. It 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
- Names of wards
For parishes, the review can recommend changes to the electoral arrangements of parish and town councils, i.e. the number, names, and boundaries of parish wards and the number of parish councillors for each parish ward. However, this is only in circumstances where the parishes area is to be divided between wards. Even in these circumstances, the Commission will not normally recommend any change to the number of councillors to be elected to a parish or town council. The Commission has no power to consider changes to the external boundaries of a parish or the creation of new parishes.
The public consultation started on Tuesday 26th September 2017 and will run for 10 weeks, during which the Commission is inviting proposals for new ward arrangements. The consultation will close on Monday 4th December 2017.
After considering all representations made during the consultation, the commission hopes to publish draft recommendations in February 2018. There will then be a further period of consultation on the draft recommendations.
Final recommendations are expected to be published in June 2018 and the new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in 2019.
The Commission welcome views from individuals and organisations across the borough on where they think the new ward patterns should be drawn.
For more advice and to take part in the consultation please click here.