Have your say on new council ward boundaries for Gloucester
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Gloucester City Council.
The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the city.
The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 39 councillors in the future; three more than the current arrangements.
The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Gloucester to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 39 councillors.
In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Gloucester.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Gloucester. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
“If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Gloucester, this consultation is for you. Alternatively, if you’re simply interested in the way your council is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.
“Your views will make a difference.
“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Gloucester or just a small part of the city.
“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in December.”
Local people have until 29 September 2014 to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at
Draft Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2014-2019
Gloucester City Council is currently consulting on the Draft Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2014-2019. The strategy sets out our plans for the delivery of new and improvement of existing homes to meet the needs of Gloucester for the future.
A copy of the draft strategy can be found at
www.gloucester.gov.uk/housingstrategy. This webpage also contains a summary of the strategy and a consultation form for people to submit their comments.
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