NKDC Electoral Review 2019/2020

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has launched a consultation on their draft recommendations for a new warding pattern in North Kesteven. The consultation will run from 11 August to 19 October 2020. You can submit your comments to the LGBCE via their consultation page for North Kesteven. This page also has an interactive map where you can view the proposed new ward boundaries.

Have your say on the Electoral Review of North Kesteven

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 one, two or three Councillors, depending on the number of electors living in the ward.

To find out more about the LGBCE and this Electoral Review please visit the LGBCE website.

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 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 one, two or three 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.

The Commission will not look at the external boundary of the authority.

How can the public have a say on future ward patterns?

The second stage of public consultation for the Electoral Review of North Kesteven started on 11 August and will close on 19 October 2020.

The Commission has considered all responses received during the first stage of consultation (7 January – 16 March 2020) and designed their own warding pattern for North Kesteven. These draft recommendations were published on 11 August 2020 and can be viewed in full on the LGBCE page for North Kesteven.

The LGBCE has a dedicated consultation page for the North Kesteven review which includes interactive maps where you can compare the new proposed wards against the existing warding pattern. You can also use the map to draw your own proposed boundaries as well as submit comments.

The public consultation on these proposals will run until 19 October 2020. The Commission will again considers all responses then publish their final proposals on 11 January 2021.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.

To see progress on the Electoral Review please visit the LGBCE page for North Kesteven. To submit any comments to the consultation please visit the dedicated consultation page for North Kesteven on the LGBCE website

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
  • 11 August 2020 – LGBCE publishes new draft recommendations and start of second consultation
  • 19 October 2020 – End of consultation. LGBCE analyses responses received and forms final new ward boundary recommendations
  • 11 January 2021– LGBCE publishes final recommendations
  • Winter / Spring 2021 – Recommendations approved by Parliament
  • May 2023 – NKDC election using new electoral arrangements