Have your say: You can help to redraw Leeds council ward boundary map

Leeds people are being asked to help to draw up a new pattern of council wards in the city.

The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the city.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission has already announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 99 city councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements.

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But it now wants input from Leeds communities to help produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate those 99 councillors.

Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Leeds.

“As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.

“If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you.

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“And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Leeds, then this consultation is for you.

“Your views will make a difference.

“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Leeds or just a small part of the city.

Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in November.”

Local people have until September 5 to submit their views on how the city’s ward map should look in the future. For more on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards, see www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.