Have your say on ward boundary debate

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Time is running out for local people to tell the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England where they think new ward boundaries should be drawn across Milton Keynes.

The Commission is asking people and groups across the city for their help to produce a new pattern of wards for 57 councillors. In July, the Commission agreed to increase the number of councillors serving Milton Keynes Council by six.

The consultation closes on 15 October 2012.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “We’re asking local people and organisations to help us draw up a new pattern of wards for the whole of Milton Keynes.

“We are asking for people’s views on where they think the focal point of their community is and where the natural boundaries between communities might lie. We welcome any information people can provide that might help us draw up new wards across Milton Keynes.

“As we draw new ward boundaries throughout Milton Keynes, we will look to ensure that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. We also aim to produce a pattern of wards that reflects the interests and identities of communities across the Milton Keynes.

“We are gathering local people’s views before we publish draft recommendations for a new pattern of wards. Local residents, groups and organisations will then get a further chance to have their say on those recommendations in January 2013.

“We will carefully consider all evidence provided to us during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole borough of just a small part of it.”

Further information on the review is available on the Commission’s website and a detailed map of existing wards is available here