Hastings borough councillors will be meeting this evening (Monday, November 16) to discuss proposed changes to the town’s 16 ward boundaries.
A meeting of the cabinet committee is being held at the town hall at 5pm where recommendations will be made.
A report by Jane Hartnell, the council’s director of corporate services, said: “Of the borough’s 16 wards, seven have an electorate inequality of -16 per cent to +24 per cent. The proposed changes to ward boundaries will help to ensure we have greater electorate equality throughout the borough.”
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is carrying out an electoral review which will draw new boundaries for wards and electoral divisions represented by every district, borough and county councillor across East Sussex.
Once the LGBCE has considered the borough council’s proposals it will publish draft recommendations for new electoral arrangements for all six councils in March 2016. Public consultation on these draft recommendations are scheduled to take place between March and June next year, and final recommendations will be published in September 2016.
Ms Hartnell’s report, which will be presented this evening, added: “Some of the biggest challenges were to try and reduce the large variances on the western side of the borough, for example where almost 1,000 electorate need to be moved out of Ashdown Ward and more than 600 from Hollington, its neighbouring ward.
“The opposite is true in the more central parts of the borough where Silverhill and Central St Leonards ward needed to gain more than 1,000 electorate.”
Numerous proposed changes are on tonight’s agenda.
One includes moving houses in Upper Park Road into Braybrooke ward.
Another option is to move an area in the south-eastern part of Hollington ward into neighbouring Wishing Tree ward. This would affect houses in The Slides, Wishing Tree Road, Quebec Road, Jameson Crescent, Beauchamp Road and Marline Avenue.
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