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The Boundaries Commission - review of ward boundaries
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UPDATE: - November 2017.


Draft recommendations on the new electoral arrangements for King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council.


King’s Lynn and West Norfolk residents.

Have your say on new ward boundaries

 

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across King’s Lynn and West Norfolk to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.

An eleven-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 15 January 2018. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk should have 55 councillors in the future, seven fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent two three-councillor wards, sixteen two-councillor wards and seventeen one-councillor wards across the borough.

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations for King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 15 January 2018.

Link to the dedicated web page for the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk electoral review:

www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/eastern/norfolk/kings-lynn-and-west-norfolk



The Review Officer (King’s Lynn and West Norfolk)

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

14th floor, Millbank Tower

London

SW1P 4QP

Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

 


The Commission has an open mind about its draft recommendations. Every representation we receive will be considered, regardless of who it is from or whether it relates to the whole borough or just a part of it.
  If you agree with our recommendations, please let us know. If you don’t think our recommendations are right for King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council, we want to hear alternative proposals for a different pattern of wards.
 
Our website has a special consultation area where you can explore the maps and draw your own proposed boundaries. You can find it at consultation.lgbce.org.uk

Submissions can also be made by emailing reviews@lgbce.org.uk or by writing to:

Review Officer (King’s Lynn & West Norfolk)
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England
14th Floor, Millbank Tower
Millbank
London SW1P 4QP


Our proposals for King’s Lynn & West Norfolk

  • King’s Lynn & West Norfolk should be represented by 55 councillors, seven fewer than there are now.
  • King’s Lynn & West Norfolk should have 34 wards, eight fewer than there are
    now.
  • The boundaries of 38 wards should change, four will stay the same.

Have your say.
We are consulting on our draft recommendations for an 11-week period, from 31 October 2017 to 15 January 2018.
We encourage everyone to use this opportunity to contribute to the design of the new wards – the more public views we hear, the more informed our decisions will be when analysing all the views wereceive




(The following is extracted from the Boundary Commission document. The complete document (45 page pdf) may be seen here
The map shows the boundaries of the proposed new Gayton & Grimston ward. There would be two councillors representing the new Ward)









Boundary Commission
Draft recommendations on the new electoral arrangements for King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council

Gayton & Grimston (includes East Winch/West Bilney)

We are proposing amendments to the Council’s proposals for single-councillor Gayton with East Winch and Grimston wards. We note that the Council’s proposed Grimston ward had poor electoral equality, with 12% more electors than the borough average by 2023. In addition, Councillor Manning and parish councillors Pimlott and Starling and a local resident objected to the Council’s proposal to include Roydon parish in a ward with South Wootton and Castle Rising parishes, arguing that Roydon has much stronger community links to Grimston, Congham and Pott Row.

Grimston Parish Council argued for the retention of the existing ward, or the addition of Congham parish if electors were required to create electoral equality.

Our tour of the area confirmed that Roydon has good road links to Grimston and Congham and appears to be contiguous, whereas it has much weaker links to South Wootton and Castle Rising. Therefore we are transferring Roydon parish into a ward with Grimston. However, given the poor levels of electoral equality in the Council’s Grimston ward, the addition of Roydon would worsen this further. We note that the Council’s single-councillor Gayton with East Winch ward has 8% fewer electors than the borough average by 2023. We therefore propose combining its proposed Gayton with East Winch and Grimston wards, plus Roydon parish, to create a two-councillor Gayton & Grimston ward. Our tour of the area confirmed that Gayton parish has good road links to Grimston and the other parishes in the proposed ward.



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Click here to see the Local Government Boundary Commission website.

The Boundaries Commission has started a consultation exercise to review the ward boundaries within the King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough.


The aim of the electoral review is to recommend ward boundaries that mean each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters. We also aim to ensure that the pattern of wards reflects the interests and identities of local communities as well as promoting effective local government. In order to achieve these aims, we need to re-draw ward boundaries across King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

A letter from the Local Govenrment Boundary Commission addressed to the Chief Executive of the Borough Council advising the Council of the review of the warding arrangements may be seen here

The Consultation on 'Warding Arrangements' will take place as follows
  • Consultation on warding arrangements: 27 June - 4 September 2017
  • Consultation on draft recommendations: 31 October - 15 January 2018
  • Final recommendations published: 3 April 2018.

The first period of consultation for a pattern of wards for the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk began on 27 June 2017. Between 27 June 2017 and 4 September 2017, comments on the ward boundaries for the authority are invited.

The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk should have 54 councillors in the future; a reduction of eight.

The 2017 electoral roll for Priory ward listed 2070 electors. The reduction in the number of councillors will see the electoral roll increase to 2135 electors by 2023.

The Commission now needs information from people and groups across King's Lynn and West Norfolk to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 54 councillors.

For more information, read a news release and the letter to the Chief Executive of the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

You may find the electoral figures useful when thinking about warding arrangements

Polling district maps may also be useful when thinking about warding arrangements. You can view the polling district map below. Please note, polling district mapping data has been supplied by the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk and may contain boundary errors.

Priory ward, which includes East Winch/West Bilney is shown on a section of the North polling district map below.


Click here to see the Local Government Boundary Commission website.

(click on the map to see an enlargement)


To view the existing warding arrangements, visit the consultation area. You can search by area, postcode or have your say.

You can make a submission to the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk electoral review through the consultation area, by sending an e-mail to reviews@lgbce.org.uk, or writing in to the following address:

   The Review Officer (King's Lynn and West Norfolk)

   Local Government Boundary Commission for England

   14th Floor Millbank Tower

   Millbank

   London