New council ward boundaries: have your say
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The boundaries and names of Birmingham’s wards could be changing – and you have the chance for a say.
Consultation of Changes to Ward Boundaries
A public consultation is running until 8 February 2016 so residents can comment.The commission’s draft recommendations propose that the council should have 101 city councillors in future, 19 fewer than now. These councillors would represent smaller areas than they do currently as there would be 77 wards in all, instead of the current 40, with 53 wards having one council member and 24 wards having two.
The idea behind this new pattern of wards is better electoral equality for city voters. Each city councillor would represent a similar number of electors so that everyone’s vote in council elections would be worth roughly the same, wherever you live.
You may have seen in the local media that some of these proposed boundary changes in Birmingham have caused quite a bit of upset and people are concerned about losing their sense of identity and belonging to an historical area. For example residents who are now in Acocks Green Ward, under the new proposal may find themselves suddenly in Yardley West Ward. The boundary line previously was drawn following the Grand Union Canal, however the new proposal has suggested the boundary should be the railway line. People living on roads off Yardley Road, once over the railway line, could find themselves in the new Ward of ‘Yardley West’ not Acocks Green Ward anymore. This includes The Avenue, Alexander Road, Douglas Road and Malvern Road to mention just a few. Check out your road on the map and if you are not happy with the changes then now is the time to let the Boundary Commission know:
How to have a say:
• See the full recommendations and detailed maps at:
• Take part in the survey at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/5688
• Email: email@example.com
• Write to: The Review Officer (Birmingham), LGBCE, 14th Floor, Millbank Tower, London SW1P 4QP
What happens next?
After the consultation closes on 8 February 2016, the Boundary Commission will consider all submissions and publish its final recommendations in May 2016.
If the recommendations are approved by parliament, the new wards will come into effect at the city council elections in 2018.