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 began on 9th January and asked 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 how schemes were drawn up can be found on the Commission’s website. Any schemes must have been submitted to the Commission by 2 April 2018.
The Commission’s draft recommendations - additional consultation (November to December 2018)
Stage Three is when the Commission publishes its draft recommendations. It did so on 5 June 2018 and the consultation period ran to 13 August 2018. Anyone was free make comments to the Commission on these proposals. You can see the comments (including the Council's) on the link above.
On 6 November 2018 the Commission took the unusual step of publishing a second set of draft recommendations. These new proposals were limited to seven wards in the south-east of the city. The detail is on the Commission's website. The closing date for comments on these additional proposals was 4 December 2018.
The Commission’s final recommendations
Stage Four is when the Commission publishes its final recommendations. It did this on 5 February 2019. There was no further public consultation on the final scheme.
There was then scrutiny of the proposals by Parliament during spring 2019. Parliament agreed the scheme and the Commission made an Order to formally implement it.
The scheme was due to take effect at the scheduled City Council elections in May 2020. Due to the Covid-19 public health restrictions all the elections due to be held in May were postponed until May 2021. This included the changes to the ward boundaries. The "old" ward boundaries remain in in place for the time being.