LOCALS are being invited to have their say on a new political map of Bracknell.

New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in the area, and the Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals.

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A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until September 7, giving people a chance to share their thoughts.

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries, and it is reviewing Bracknell Forest to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.

It is proposing that there should be 12 three-councillor wards, two two-councillor wards and one one-councillor ward.

The boundaries of all wards will change.

Proposed changes include:

  • Crowthorne parish will be united in Crowthorne ward. Submissions demonstrated to the Commission evidence of strong community links in this area
  • The areas of Martins Heron, the Warren, and Forest Park will be included in Winkfield South ward along with other Winkfield parish residents. The Commission was persuaded by arguments that this area had strong community ties

Launching the consultation, professor Colin Mellors, chairman of the Commission, said: "We want people in Bracknell Forest to help us.

"We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Bracknell Forest. We want to make sure these new electoral arrangements reflect communities.

"We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.

"Residents and local organisations can help us do that. We would like them to let us know whether they agree with our proposals before we take final decisions.

"It's easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us.

"Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved."

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The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can see the detail of the proposals and comment on the names of wards, their boundaries and the number of councillors per ward.

For more information click here. People can also give their views by email at reviews@lgbce.org.uk, or by post, addressing to:

Review Office (Bracknell Forest)

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