Consultation on Boston’s council wards

THE BOUNDARY Commission is seeking the views of the public on plans to cut two councillors from Boston Borough Council.

The Commission’s review follows a proposal from authority to drop down to 30 members from 32.

Commission chairman Max Caller said: “The purpose of our review is to try to ensure that each councillor represents around the same number of people so that every elector’s vote is worth the same at local election time.

“That’s not the case at the moment for Boston. Central ward, for example, has 26 per cent fewer electors per councillor than the average in Boston, whereas Kirton ward has 24 per cent more.

“The situation means that the value of your vote varies depending on where you live in Boston. Our review aims to correct that situation.”

The Commision says it wants to make sure everyone’s vote is equal and that wards accurately reflect communities and their ‘natural boundaries’.

Mr Caller added: “Your views will make a difference. After all, local people know Boston best.

“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole borough or just a small part of it.”

Residents have until April 9 to have their say and will be able to comment on draft proposals in June.

To register your views write to: The Review Officer (Boston), Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG. Or email reviews@lgbce.org.uk