Ward boundaries in Trafford are currently under review, with local residents invited to give their views on the future shape of wards across the borough.
Boundary reviews in England are led by the Local Government Boundary Commission of England, the independent body that sets the boundaries of all the local authorities in England.
Earlier this year, the Commission concluded the first phase of the review and decided that Trafford Council should retain 63 councillors.
The second phase of the review will help to ensure that each ward has a similar number of electors, that wards reflect the different communities among the towns and villages of Trafford and that they help the council to work effectively.
The Commission now wants to hear from Trafford residents and community groups about what they think the future wards should be. This is part of a 10-week public consultation running from Tuesday 15 June to Monday 23 August. The Commission will use this information to propose new ward boundaries for Trafford. There will then be another round of consultation on the Commission’s proposals.
This is an opportunity for you to share your views on how your communities in Trafford can best be represented on the Council. The Commission is particularly interested in which parts of the borough and which communities you think should be in the same ward. What public facilities do people share, such as shopping areas, leisure centres, schools and parks? What issues does your community face, such as a high number of visitors or heavy traffic? What is the most logical place to draw a boundary between your community and your neighbouring communities? Are there roads, rivers, railways or other features that people believe form strong boundaries between neighbourhoods? And are there any new developments that will change your area?
Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We want people in Trafford to help us. We are starting to draw up new wards for Trafford. We want our proposals for new electoral arrangements to reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.
“Residents and local organisations can help us understand community ties and identities at this early stage of the process. It’s easy to get involved, go to our website, e-mail us 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.”
The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can give their views.
Trafford residents can also share their views by e-mail at email@example.com, and by post:
Review Officer (Trafford)
PO Box 133
Posted on Tuesday 15th June 2021