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7 January 2013, 09:53
It's the final day for anyone wanting to have a say on plans in the Vale of White Horse to try and make council voting fairer.
An eight-week public consultation on the recommendations is coming to an end. The consultation is open to anyone in Vale of White Horse who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across the district.
The Commission's draft recommendations propose that Vale of White Horse District Council should have 38 councillors in the future - thirteen fewer than under the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent two three-member wards, eleven two-member wards and ten single-member wards across the district.
The full recommendations and interactive maps are available at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and on the Commissio's website at www.lgbce.org.uk.
Max Caller CBE, Chair of the Commission, said: "We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Vale of White Horse and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.
"Over the next eight weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.
"Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for Vale of White Horse’s voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in district council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.
"We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Vale of White Horse and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.
"We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole district or just a part of it.
"We have an open mind about suggestions from local people to change and improve these recommendations.
Have your say directly through the Commission's consultation portal: consultation.lgbce.org.uk
Link to the dedicated web page for the Vale of White Horse electoral review: www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/oxfordshire/vale-of-white-horse-fer