Brentwood is set to have new boundaries for its council wards.
The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed Brentwood to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.
The Commission has published final recommendations for changes in Brentwood. It says residents should be represented by 39 councillors. This is two more than the current arrangements.
Publishing the recommendations Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are very grateful to people in Brentwood. We looked at all the views they gave us. They helped us improve our earlier proposals. We believe the new arrangements will deliver electoral fairness while maintaining local ties.”
28 people and organisations made comments to help decide the new wards. Changes in response to what local people said include:
- The renaming of Brizes & South Weald ward to Brizes, Stondon Massey & South Weald ward to better reflect the constituent communities within the ward
- A minor boundary amendment between Pilgrims Hatch and Brizes, Stondon Massey & South Weald ward
The Commission has made further changes to its earlier proposals. Details can be found on their website.
The changes become law once Parliament has approved them. Staff at the council will ensure that the arrangements are in place for the 2024 elections.