New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Epping Forest District Council.
The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 12 December 2022.
The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Epping Forest to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.
Proposals for changes
The Commission has published proposals for changes to Epping Forest. It is proposing that there should be 54 councillors, four less than there are now. Those councillors should represent 18 three-councillor wards. Most of the existing wards will change, Buckhurst Hill West will remain the same.
Proposed changes include:
- The seven parishes of Sheering, Matching, Moreton, Bobbingworth & The Lavers, Abbess Beauchamp & Berners Roding, Fyfield, Willingale and part of High Ongar parish will be joined together in Rural East ward.
- North Weald Bassett parish will be united in a single ward.
Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
We want people in Epping Forest to help us. We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Epping Forest. 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. 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.
View the draft recommendations and have your say
The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can see the detail of the proposals and comment on the names of wards and their boundaries.
People can also give their views by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by post: Review Officer (Epping Forest), LGBCE, PO Box 133, Blyth, NE24 9FE.
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