Chance to shape borough wards

High Peak residents are being given the opportunity to have their say on how the borough’s council wards should be divided.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for High Peak Borough Council.

After a six-week public consultation, the commission has said it is minded to recommend the council should have 43 councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements.

But it wants information from local people to help it produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 43 councillors.

By drawing up new boundaries, the commission aims to deliver electoral equality for council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters.

The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across the borough.

Max Caller, chair of the commission, said: “The starting point of an electoral review is for the commission to take a view on the number of councillors who should represent the authority in future. On the evidence presented to the commission, we are minded to recommend that High Peak Borough Council should have 43 councillors in future, the same as the current set up.

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

Local people have until January 7, 2014, to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.

Residents will have a further chance to have their say after the commission publishes its draft recommendations in April 2014.