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Have Your Say On Boundary Changes

Local people are being urged to give their views on two new draft proposals reviewing ward boundaries and ensuring the right number of Councillors run South Tyneside Council.

The Electoral Commission, an Independent body set up by Parliament, must regularly review electoral arrangements for every council because of changes in the electorate, such as increases due to new housing being built or decreases because of houses being demolished.

The review will look at the number of Councillors, the number of wards and the ward boundaries. Its aim is to make sure that, where possible, every Councillor represents the same number of electors and that there is the right number of Councillors to run the Council properly. Any changes to ward boundaries will have to take into account the identities of local communities and any population changes likely up to December 2006.

The Commission expects the Council to put forward proposals for improvements and the Council has drawn up two draft proposals with new boundaries and ward names. One option has 18 wards and the other 19, instead of the current 20 wards. These will be presented to local residents for consultation and discussion.

Public consultations are taking place this week and next, at special meetings of the Council's six Community Area Forums (CAFs). Members of the public are being encouraged to attend and participate in the discussions. There will be an exhibition of the draft proposals and questionnaires available for people to submit their views.

Every household in the Borough will receive a questionnaire later this week setting out the proposals. It explains about the Periodic Electoral Review by the Electoral Commission and why it is necessary to look at changes every ten to fifteen years because of changes to the electorate.

Maps showing the proposals and suggested ward names are included in the questionnaire which should be returned to the Council's Returning Officer by FREEPOST by the end of the month ( 30th August).

A more detailed map and explanation is on display in the reception areas of South Shields and Jarrow Town Halls and Hebburn Civic Centre, as well as in all libraries and on this website

Special meetings of the Community Area Forums (CAFs) have been arranged for the following dates:

Boldon, Cleadon and Whitburn CAFTues 13th August5pmCommittee Suite,
South Shields Town Hall
West Shields CAFThurs 15th August10amCommittee Suite,
South Shields Town Hall
Jarrow CAFThurs 15th August3pmJarrow Community Centre,
Cambrian Street, Jarrow
East Shields CAFMon 19th August6pmSt Gregory's Church Hall,
Borough Road, South Shields
South Shields Riverside CAFWed 21st August6pmCommittee Suite,
South Shields Town Hall
Hebburn CAFThurs 22nd August4pmHebburn Civic Centre

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