Electoral Review 2019
We have requested that the Local Government Boundary Commission conduct an electoral review of the council, following the work of a Task and Finish Group.
The Commission advised that even without our request, its normal timetable had identified that we were due for a review.
Have your say on a new political map for New Forest District Council
New boundaries are being proposed for our council wards.
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 7 September 2020.
For more information visit the Commission's website.
The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing us to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help us work effectively.
The Commission has proposed that there should be 25 wards, divided into four three-councillor wards, 15 two councillor wards and six single-councillor wards. All ward boundaries will change. As part of the recommendations, the Commission has proposed that Boldre Parish remain entirely within Beaulieu, Boldre, East Boldre & Exbury & Lepe ward. The Commission received persuasive evidence arguing that splitting this parish would damage community ties in this area.
The Task and Finish Group proposal includes a reduction from 60 to 48 councillors.
We will be supporting the review in collaboration with the commission through the Task and Finish group, chaired by the Leader of the Council.
The process of electoral review covers an examination of a council's electoral arrangements. This means:
- the total number of councillors elected to the local authority
- the number and boundaries of wards for the purposes of the election of councillors
- the number of councillors for any ward of a local authority
- the name of any ward.
You can download all the supporting documents for the electoral review below.
The preliminary data submitted to the boundary commission can be downloaded below. Further supporting data will be published here as it becomes available.