THE independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Mid Devon to comment on its draft recommendations for new council ward boundaries.

The commission’s plans would mean changes to all wards in Mid Devon.

A 10-week public consultation on the recommendations has begun and will end on April 13, 2020.

The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names.

The commission’s draft recommendations propose that Mid Devon should have 42 councillors in future, which is no change from now.

The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent five three-councillor wards – 11 two-councillor wards and five single-councillor wards across the district.

Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the commission, said: “We are publishing recommendations for a new pattern of wards across Mid Devon and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“Over the next 10 weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the recommendations or if not, how they can be improved.

“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people, so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same, regardless of where you live.

“We also want to ensure that our recommendations reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Mid Devon and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government for 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.”

The commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations for Mid Devon.

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