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Letter with regard to Electoral Review - Warding Arrangements - 10th May 2022 [pdf] 87KB
Did you know that Parliamentary constituencies are set to change? The independent Boundary Commission for England (BCE) are drawing the map of constituencies in England and needs your help to shape their final recommendations, ensuring they take into consideration local knowledge and views.
Please visit 2023 Boundary Review Factsheet for more information.
Following our announcement in December of the locations and dates for the public hearings during the second consultation phase of the current review of constituencies, I am pleased to advise that the booking system is now open, with details of the specific venue for each location where hearings will be taking place.
Those wishing to make an oral representation at a public hearing are strongly encouraged to book a timed slot in advance. To book, visit the dedicated public hearings page on our website and click on your chosen hearing. You will then be invited to register via the booking platform Eventbrite. A step by step guide for booking via Eventbrite is published on our public hearings webpage. The only speaking slots automatically reserved are on the morning of the first day of the first hearing in each region, for the centrally-designated official spokesperson of each of the qualifying political parties (in England, Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat) to present each party's views on our proposals across the whole of that region.
While Covid remains a concern, we plan to take proportionate steps - in line with official guidance - to minimise the risk of transmission, while still allowing these statutory 'in person' hearings to take place. You can find further details in our published Guide to the public hearings, which should also answer most other questions you may have. Should you not wish or be able to attend a hearing in person, however, please be assured that in our subsequent analysis of views, to consider whether and to what extent to revise our proposals, we treat oral and written representations with equal weight.
We currently propose to publish the representations received during the first consultation period on our website at www.bcereviews.org.uk on 7 February. Please note, however, this is to allow people a good opportunity to read and consider their views on these representations before the consultation on them starts on 22 February: because the length of the consultation period is fixed by law, we will not be able to accept or consider any comments received prior to this latter date.