Electoral review

Last updated on: 01-Jun-2021

1. Overview

A new pattern of wards is being developed for Gravesham Borough Council. The Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Gravesham should be 39. This is a change from the current council which has 44.

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Gravesham Borough Council to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements help the council work effectively. It wants to be sure that its proposals reflect community ties and identities.

The Commission is interested in views on which communities should be part of the same ward.

  • What facilities do people share, such as parks, leisure centres or schools and shopping areas?
  • What issues do neighbouring communities face that they have in common, such as high numbers of visitors or heavy traffic?
  • Have there been new housing or commercial developments that have changed the focus of communities?
  • And are there roads, rivers, railways or other features that people believe form strong boundaries between neighbourhoods?

The Commission will use local views to help it draw up proposals for the new ward boundaries. There will be a further round of consultation once the Commission has drawn up those proposals.

The Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. A 10-week consultation inviting proposals will run until 02 August 2021. Visit the Local  Government Boundary Consultation Portal using the below button.

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