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20 October 2017

Hull City Council Polling Districts and Polling Places consultation has been opened for public reaction today.

As part the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s plan to reduce the number of council ward’s.

Under the current structure the city is divided into twenty-three section which are run by fifty-nine councillors’. Under the revised proposals the number of wards and councillors will both be reduced by two.

Every ward in the city will be affected by the change.

When looking into adjusting ward boundaries there are many things a council must take into consideration including:

  • The number of electors per polling station which currently stands at 2500.
  • The accessibility to the station for people with disabilities is also of great importance.
  • Members of the electorate are encouraged to vote on the newly proposed ward’s with suggestions for improvement welcome. The process is overseen by the Acting Returning Officer who will present the results once the consultation period has closed on Friday 17th November 2017.
  • The restructuring of ward boundaries form part of a greater parliamentary constituency reform which will see the number of  MP’s across Yorkshire and Humberside reduced from fifty four to fifty.

Electorates are encouraged to express their opinions and suggested amendments. The Acting Returning Officer will present the findings once the consolation period has ended on Friday 7th November 2017.

The below image demonstrates the current council wards – click on image.

This image demonstrates the proposed council ward’ – click image

The council ward restructure is linked to a Parliamentary constituency reduction seeing the number of MP’s in Yorkshire and the Humber being reduced from 54 to 50.

By Sarah Oughtibridge

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