The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about their proposed new ward boundaries for Mid Sussex District Council. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 8 November 2021.
The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Mid Sussex to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.
The Commission has published proposals for changes to Mid Sussex. It is proposing that there should be 25 wards with five one-councillor wards, 17 two-councillor wards, and three three-councillor wards. 23 wards will have their boundaries changes, with three wards (Burgess Hill Franklands, Burgess Hill St Andrews and Copthorne) remaining the same.
Returning Officer at Mid Sussex District Council, Tom Clark said, “Thank you to the Boundary Commission for their work to date. We would like to encourage residents to get involved in the public consultation which is underway until the 8th November 2021.”
Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We want people in Mid Sussex to help us. We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Mid Sussex. We want to make sure these new electoral arrangements reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.
“Residents and local organisations can help us do that. We would like them to let us know whether they agree with our proposals before we take final decisions.
“It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us. Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved”
The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can see the detail of the proposals and comment on the names of wards, their boundaries, and the number of councillors per ward: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/25848
People can also give their views by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by post:
Review Officer (Mid Sussex), LGBCE, PO Box 133, Blyth NE24 9FE