The Local Government Boundary Review

Have your say on a new political map for Stratford-on-Avon District Council

New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Stratford-on-Avon District
Council.

The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and
local organisations think about the proposals. A 10 week consultation on the
proposals will run until 08 November 2021, now extended until the 6 December 2021.

The extension has been extended because of a misunderstanding about the steps needed for the council to formally request, before the review started, that the review should proceed with a presumption towards single-member wards.

While the commission is not conducting the review on that basis it has agreed to extend the consultation period so that the council, and other parties, can provide submissions containing evidence they believe supports the retention of single member wards across the district to promote effective and convenient local governance.

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is
reviewing Stratford-on-Avon to make sure councillors will represent about the same
number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work
effectively.

The Commission has published proposals for changes to Stratford-on-Avon. It is
proposing that there should be 35 wards, one fewer than there currently are, and one
or two councillors per ward. Most boundaries will change, two will remain the same.

Proposed changes include:

  • Two-councillor wards for each of Bidford, Shipston and Studley to better reflect
    whole communities.
  • A new Long Marston ward which unites Meon Vale into a single ward.

Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:

“We want people in Stratford-on-Avon to help us.


“We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Stratford-on-Avon. We want to make
sure these new electoral arrangements reflect communities. We also want them to
be easy to understand and convenient for local people.


“Residents and local organisations can help us do that. We would like them to let us
know whether they agree with our proposals before we take final decisions.


“It's easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us.


“Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It's really
simple, so do get involved"

The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can see the
detail of the proposals and comment on the names of wards and their boundaries

Local Government Boundary Commission for England Consultation Portal (lgbce.org.uk)

People can also give their views by e-mail at reviews@lgbce.org.uk and by post:


Review Officer (Stratford-on-Avon)
LGBCE
PO Box 133
Blyth
NE24 9FE

Details of the Council's Submission can be viewed at: Submission Document

Contact: the Democratic Services team

Last updated on 22/10/2021