Due to the current situation regarding Covid 19 the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has informed the Council there will be a delay to the original timetable for the Electoral Review of North Kesteven District Council. The next stage of the review was due to commence on 30 June 2020 with the second stage of consultation. The Council will be notified, along with all NK stakeholders, when a new timetable has been published by the LGBCE.
Electoral Review of North Kesteven District Council
The Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBCE) for England is currently reviewing the electoral arrangements for North Kesteven District Council. The review will firstly decide how many Councillors are needed at the District Council; there are currently 43 Councillors who are elected every four years.
Secondly, to make sure every councillor represents an equal number of voters, the review will draw new council electoral ward boundaries across North Kesteven. At the moment there are 26 wards with each ward represented by either 1, 2 or 3 Councillors, depending on the number of electors living in the ward.
Why is this electoral review needed?
This review is needed because there are several wards in North Kesteven which have too many or too few electors per councillor than the average for the council as a whole. The review will look to fix this and improve voter equality in local elections. There are currently 34% of wards with a variance +/- 10% from the average electorate for the District, two wards have an electoral imbalance of over 20% and one ward has an electorate variance of -30%.
How will the Electoral Review affect North Kesteven residents?
The review will change the electoral warding arrangements within the District affecting voters at local elections. At the end of the review there may be more or less wards in North Kesteven, wards may change boundaries and be called different names to best describe the area they cover. Some wards may be represented by a different number of councillors as some have 1, 2 or 3 councillors depending on how many electors there are in each ward.
The polling station residents’ use could change. After the Commission has published the final recommendations the Council will carry out a review of all polling stations across the District.
The LGBCE has initially proposed that the council should retain the current number of 43 Councillors to represent the District. This number could still be subject to change once the new ward boundaries are designed.
How can the public have a say on future ward patterns?
The public consultation has now closed for the Electoral Review of North Kesteven. The next public consultation will launch on 30 June 2020.
The LGBCE held the public consultation between 7 January to 16 March 2020. The Commission will consider all responses received during the consultation and design their own warding pattern for North Kesteven. These draft recommendations will be published on 30 June 2020 and the second stage of public consultation will open. This will run until 7 September 2020. The Commission will again considers all responses then publish their final proposals in late 2020.
The full timetable for the Electoral review is shown below.
Please note any queries about the review should be sent to the LGBCE. NKDC is not running this consultation.
Timetable for the electoral review
- November 2019 – NKDC gives electoral information to LGBCE
- December 2019 – Number of Councillors decided
- 7 January 2019 – Start of consultation asking for views on new ward boundaries
- 16 March 2020 – End of consultation. LGBCE analyses responses received and forms draft new ward boundary recommendations
- 30 June 2020 – LGBCE publishes new draft recommendations and start of second consultation
- 7 September 2020 – End of consultation. LGBCE analyses responses received and forms final new ward boundary recommendations
- 1 December 2020 – LGBCE publishes final recommendations
- Winter / Spring 2021 – Recommendations approved by Parliament
- May 2023 – NKDC election using new electoral arrangements