reform proposals for Burnham and Highbridge unveiled
Local Government Boundary Commission for England has this week
invited people in the Burnham-On-Sea area to comment on new proposals
to change electoral arrangements in the town.
seven-week public consultation on the recommendations began this
week and runs until 9th April.
commission's report outlines the proposals: "The County Council's
proposed division arrangements for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
provided for two single member divisions of Burnham North and
Highbridge & Burnham South, with an area of urban Highbridge
near Brue Bridge placed in a third, predominately rural division
"We considered that the Councils proposals for Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge would provide for good electoral equality but did
not adequately reflect community identity, particularly in the
Brue Bridge area."
we noted the Councils proposal would split Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge parish between three divisions."
a result of these concerns, we have modified the Councils
proposals as part of our draft recommendations, transferring the
area around Brue Bridge from Huntspill division to Highbridge
& Burnham South division and transferring the residential
area to the east of Oxford Street into Burnham North division
from Highbridge and Burnham South division."
consider that our draft recommendations provide for stronger division
boundaries, further improve electoral equality and ensure the
town council is wholly contained within two rather than three
our draft recommendations, the two single-member divisions of
Burnham North and Highbridge & Burnham South would have 4%
more and 6% more electors per councillor respectively than the
average for the county by 2017."
Caller, Chair of the LGBCE, said: "Over the next few weeks,
we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals
or if not, how they can be improved. Having fair electoral boundaries
for your council is important. Our review aims to deliver electoral
equality for Somersets voters. This means that each county
councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyones
vote in county council elections is worth roughly the same, regardless
of where you live."
full recommendations and detailed maps are available on the Commissions
and will also be available to view at Burnham and Highbridge libraries.
To make a submission to the Commission, write or email to them
by 9th April 2012 to The Review Officer (Somerset), Local Government
Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill
Street, London EC1M 5LG or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.