Have your say on a new pattern of wards for Buckinghamshire Council

Closes 10 Oct 2022

Opened 2 Aug 2022

Overview

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New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Buckinghamshire 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 10 October 2022.

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Buckinghamshire to make sure:

  • councillors will represent about the same number of electors
  • that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively

Proposals for Buckinghamshire

The Commission has published proposals for changes to Buckinghamshire:

  • Buckinghamshire should be represented by 98 councillors, 49 fewer than at present
  • Buckinghamshire should have 51 wards, two more than at present, represented by:
    • 10 three-councillor wards
    • 27 two-councillor wards
    • 14 single-councillor wards
  • The boundaries of most wards should change; five will stay the same.

Proposed changes include:

  • The creation of single councillor Sands and Downley wards in the High Wycombe area, as a result of strong community-based evidence
  • The proposed warding arrangements for Amersham, Chesham, Chesham Bois, and the surrounding rural parishes. The proposals reflect the local evidence the Commission received, which requested that the difference between urban and rural communities be recognised.

For more information about the proposals, please see the draft recommendations report (PDF 8.78MB).

Related documents

Before you respond to the consultation, please have a look at the following documents:

How to have your say

You can tell the Commission your views in one of the following ways: 

  • Submit comments online using the link at the end of the page
  • Email your views to reviews@lgbce.org.uk
  • Write and post your views to Review Officer (Buckinghamshire) LGBCE, PO Box 133 Blyth, NE24 9FE

Please give your views by Monday 10 October 2022.

What happens next

Once this consultation closes, the review will complete the following steps:

  • 10 January 2023 - Final report. Commission’s recommendations are published
  • Spring 2023 - Order laid in Parliament. This makes the recommendations law
  • May 2025 - Effective date. The new arrangements apply to elections after this date

For more information about the review process for Buckinghamshire Council, please visit the Local Government Boundary Commission for England website.

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