The Local Government Boundary Commission has started a review of our ward boundaries. This is because electorate changes have meant that instead of all wards being roughly the same size in terms of electorate there are significant differences between them. The last ward boundary review was carried out in 2001 and introduced in May 2002.
The review is only for internal ward boundaries and will not consider our external boundary.
The review and its stages
The review is carried out by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission and you can see how it's dealing with our review on the Local Government Boundary Commission website.
There are four main stages of the review. The first stage (to decide on a council size) is complete. The Commission has recommended that the council retain its current total membership of 48 councillors. You can read our submission on council size in the papers for the City Executive Board of 27 November 2017.
Inviting new scheme designs
Stage Two begins on 9th January and asks for people and organisations to submit ward schemes to the Commission, based on a council-size of 48. Any person, group or organisation can submit proposals. Guidance on drawing up a scheme can be found on the Commission’s website. Any scheme must be submitted to the Commission by 19 March.
If you are minded to submit a scheme and would like some electorate and other statistics that will used during the review you can email us or telephone the Elections Office during office hours on 01865 252987 or write to the Elections Office, Town Hall, St. Aldate's Oxford, OX1 1BX.
The Commission’s draft recommendations
Stage Three is when the Commission publishes its draft recommendations. It will do so on 8 May and the consultation period runs to 16 July 2018. Anyone is free make comments to the Commission on these proposals.
The Commission’s final recommendations
Stage Four is when the Commission publishes its final recommendations. It will do this on 4 September 2018. There is no further public consultation on the final scheme.
There is then scrutiny of the proposals by Parliament during October to December 2018. Parliament cannot alter the proposals – it can only agree or reject them. If they are agreed the Commission will make an Order to implement the scheme.
The scheme would then take effect at the next scheduled City Council elections in May 2020.