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.
New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in New Forest 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 7 September 2020.
For more information visit the Commission's website.
The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing New Forest 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 New Forest. It is proposing 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:
You can download all the supporting document 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.