Meeting on Hastings ward boundaries

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Proposed changes to the town’s 16 ward boundaries are to be discussed at a full council meeting on Wednesday (November 25).

Hastings Borough Council cabinet members met yesterday (Monday, November 16) and decided the proposals should come before a special meeting next week at 5pm at The Stade Hall.

Numerous proposed changes are up for discussion.

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.

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 next March. Public consultation on these draft recommendations are scheduled to take place between March and June 2016, and final recommendations will be published in September.

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