Have your say on a new political map for Gateshead Council
A new pattern of wards is being developed for Gateshead Council.
The Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Gateshead should be 66, the same as it is now. The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. A ten week consultation inviting proposals will run until 30 October 2023.
The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Gateshead to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements help the council work effectively. It wants to be sure that its proposals reflect community ties and identities.
The Commission is interested in views on which communities should be part of the same ward. What facilities do people share, such as parks, leisure centres or schools and shopping areas? What issues do neighbouring communities face that they have in common, such as high numbers of visitors or heavy traffic? Have there been new housing or commercial developments that have changed the focus of communities? And are there roads, rivers, railways or other features that people believe form strong boundaries between neighbourhoods?
The Commission will use local views to help it draw up proposals for new ward boundaries. There will be a further round of consultation once the Commission has drawn up those proposals.
Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
"We want people in Gateshead to help us. We are starting to draw up new wards for Gateshead. 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. 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."
People can also give their views by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by post:
Review Officer (Gateshead)
PO Box 133