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Possible changes to the District Council - have your say

posted 8 Aug 2012, 01:08 by Unknown user   [ updated 8 Aug 2012, 02:10 ]
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is consulting on the number of elected members (councillors) Three Rivers District should have.

At present there are 48 Councillors representing 20 wards in the Three Rivers Area. These wards were established some years ago, after careful thought and consideration. 

The Three Rivers area is a very diverse area with varying areas such as South Oxhey, Moor Park, Leavesden, Maple Cross and Mill End and Rickmansworth town centre. These include both affluent parts and deprived areas, rural and suburban areas and communities with strong local loyalties. When the original ward boundaries were drawn up it was felt then that these differences should be respected and supported so the wards were designed to achieve this. 
There are varying proposals on the table. The Boundary Commission is effectively insisting on 3 councillors per ward. The proposals all agree on a reduction from the current number of 48 councillors, but delepnding on which political group you talk to they suggest that the numbers could be cut to 42, 39 or 30 councillors (effectively just 10 wards).

You can read the submissions made by the 3 local political parties on the Local Government Boundary Commission for England website - Three Rivers FER

The Watford Observer have also got a good summary of the the changes in their article "Proposals to reduce number of Three Rivers District Council wards". And the basic process appears to initially agree on the number of wards first and then debate where the ward boundaries go.

The review is open until the 3rd September 2012, and you can feed back to the commission 
The Review Officer (Three Rivers)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England 
Layden House
76-86 Turnmill Street 

It's important that there is a balance between local democracy and representation verses costs, and there could be a significant impact on the way our local district is run. Make sure your views are heard.