A MAJOR shake-up of Worcester’s electoral wards is being proposed by the Local Government Boundary Commission and city residents’ views are now being sought.
While the commission agrees with city councillors there should be 35 elected representatives, the same as now, how they are deployed across the city is being reassessed.
It is reviewing Worcester to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and ward arrangements help the council work effectively. It wants to be sure that its proposals reflect community ties and identities.
A 10-week consultation inviting proposals will run until July 25.
The commission is interested in views on which communities should be part of the same ward. What facilities do people share, such as parks, leisure centres or schools and shopping areas? What issues do neighbouring communities face that they have in common, such as high numbers of visitors or heavy traffic?
Have there been new housing or commercial developments that have changed the focus of communities? And are there roads, rivers, railways or other features that people believe form strong boundaries between neighbourhoods?
The commission will use local views to help it draw up proposals for new ward boundaries and there will be a further round of consultation once the commission has drawn up their proposals.
Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the commission, said: “We want people in Worcester to help us.
“We are starting to draw up new wards for Worcester. We want our proposals for new electoral arrangements to reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.
“Residents and local organisations can help us understand community ties and identities at this early stage of the process.”