New boundaries are being proposed for Essex County Council divisions.

The Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBC) has launched a consultation on the proposals and is inviting comments on the recommendations, whether you support them or whether you wish to propose alternative arrangements.

This consulation will run until Monday 19 February 2024.

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Essex to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors and would see Essex divided into 78 single-member divisions.

The Commission’s proposals for Essex would see 78 single-member divisions.

Please click here to view the draft recommendations for new divisions, division boundaries, and division names for Essex County Council.

You can take part in the consultation by clicking here, which includes further information about the Commission and the review.

The LGBC will consider every representation received during consultation, whether it is submitted by an individual, a local group or an organisation, and will weigh each submission against the legal criteria which we must follow when drawing up electoral arrangements:

  • to deliver electoral equality: where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the county;
  • that the pattern of divisions should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities;
  • that the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.

It is important that you take account of the criteria if you are suggesting an alternative pattern of divisions.

If you wish to put forward a view, the LGBC would also urge you to ensure that evidence supports your submission. For example, if you wish to argue that two areas should be included in the same electoral division, make sure you tell us why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations, and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together.

The LGBC 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.

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