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Local Government Boundary Commission wants your views on changes to Medway's wards

Residents are being asked to help redraw the political map for Medway Council.

New boundaries are being proposed, including a new ward for St Mary's Island and more focused representation on the Hoo Peninsula, dividing up the existing large ward.

St Mary's Island has seen huge changes in the last few decades as shown by this picture from Geoff's drone. Picture: Geoff Watkins
St Mary's Island has seen huge changes in the last few decades as shown by this picture from Geoff's drone. Picture: Geoff Watkins

The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the plans. A 10-week consultation will run until September 7.

It is reviewing the local authority to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.

It is proposing that there should be 24 wards, with between one and three councillors in each. All but two wards would be redrawn.

Professor Colin Mellors, chairman of the commission, said: “We want people in Medway to help us. We want to make sure these new electoral arrangements reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.

“Residents and local organisations can help us do that. We would like them to let us know whether they agree with our proposals before we take final decisions.

“We want people in Medway to help us.."

“It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us.

“Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved. "

There is a dedicated section on its website where people can see the detail of the proposals and comment on the names of wards, their boundaries and the number of councillors per ward: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/have-your-say/19557

People can also give their views by e-mail at reviews@lgbce.org.uk, and by post: LGBCE c/o Cleardata,Innovation House,Coniston Court, Riverside Business Park,BlythNE24 4RP.

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