New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Castle Point.
The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 12 December 2022.
The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Castle Point 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 Castle Point. It is proposing that there should be 39 councillors, a decrease of two from the existing arrangements. Those councillors should represent 13 three-councillor wards across the council area. The boundaries of all wards should change.
Proposed changes include:
• A new pattern of wards to better reflect communities in South Benfleet,
Thundersley and Hadleigh.
• Amended boundaries on Canvey Island to provide a uniform pattern of threecouncillor
Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We want people in Castle Point to help us.
“We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Castle Point. 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 and their boundaries.
People can also give their views by e-mail at email@example.com, and by post:
Review Officer (Castle Point)
PO Box 133