Today is the start of a 10-week public consultation inviting proposals for the number of councillors that should represent the residents of the newly formed Buckinghamshire Council.
Our consultation will close on 2 November 2021.
After we have considered all representations made to us during this consultation on council size, we will then be inviting residents, local authorities, and local organisations to submit their ideas on the ward boundaries within the council area.
We will then hold a further period of consultation on our draft recommendations. Our final recommendations are expected to be published in November 2022.
The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in May 2025
If you represent a local organisation or community group in Buckinghamshire, please pass this message on to your members or anyone who you think might be interested in the review. You can share the message by email or through social media by using the buttons at the bottom right of the page.
What is an electoral review?
Our electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Buckinghamshire Council. We will propose:
· the total number of councillors elected to the council in the future;
· the number of wards;
· the number of councillors representing each ward;
· ward boundaries; and
· the names of wards.
How to get involved
We will treat all submissions equally, and judge each case on its merits and against the legal criteria.
If you wish to put forward a view, we would also urge you to ensure that evidence supports your submission. Examples of the kind of evidence that would help support your submission is available on the consultation document we have produced.
There is more advice on our website about how you can get involved in the consultation.
Our website features technical guidance that explains the process and our policies, as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process.
We have also set up a webpage dedicated to the review of Buckinghamshire, where you can find all the relevant information.
Out consultation portal portal allows you to comment and upload documents directly to the site.