Electoral Review

What is an Electoral Review?

An electoral review is an examination of a Council’s electoral arrangements.

The Review is carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (the Commission).  The Commission is an independent statutory body, whose objectives include the provision of electoral arrangements that are fair and that deliver electoral equality for voters.

The work of the Commission is to:

  1. provide electoral arrangements that are fair and deliver electoral equality for voters.
  2. help deliver effective and convenient local government to citizens.

This review is not exclusive to Epsom and Ewell, there are many reviews happening across country.

Why are the Wards being reviewed?

Electoral reviews are carried out to see whether the boundaries of wards within a local authority need to be altered to ensure effective local government and electoral equality. Electoral equality is achieved when all Councillors represent roughly the same number of electors.

The last review was in 1997 and the population in some of the Borough’s Wards has grown more than others. 

The Commission will work to make recommendations on:

  • the number of wards
  • the names of wards
  • where the boundaries between wards should lie
  • the number of Councillors for each ward.

What is the process?

The Commission has produced detailed technical guidance on how it carries out electoral reviews and the information that it takes into account in such a review. The relevant guidance is publicly available on the Commission’s website.

There are a number of key stages in the Electoral review process, and these are set out in the Electoral Review Timetable.

How will the Electoral Review affect Epsom & Ewell residents?

The review may change the electoral warding arrangements within the Borough affecting voters at local elections. At the end of the review there may be more or less wards, wards may change boundaries and be called different names to best describe the area they cover. Some wards may be represented by a different number of Councillors as some have 1, 2 or 3 Councillors depending on how many electors there are in each ward.

The polling station residents’ use could change. After the Commission has published the final recommendations the Council will carry out a review of all polling stations across the Borough.

Consultation on draft recommendations for the Electoral Review of Epsom and Ewell

The Local Government Boundary Commission has proposed that the number of councillors in Epsom & Ewell should be 35. This is a change from the current council which has 38. The Commission has proposed that those Councillors should represent seven three-councilllor wards and seven two-councillor wards across the Borough. The Commission has also proposed the creation of a new Ward of Horton and a number of changes to Ward boundaries.

The Commission would now like to hear what residents and organisations think about the proposed arrangements. A 10 week consultation on the proposals will run until 13 December 2021.

How can the public have a say in the process?

The Local Government Boundary Commission is seeking the views of people in Epsom and Ewell on its proposals before it makes its final decisions.

The Commission has lots of information on its website to help anyone who wishes to make a partial or full submission.

The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can give their views: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/27356 (link is external)

People can also give their views by e-mail at reviews@lgbce.org.uk(link sends e-mail), and by post:
The Review Officer (Epsom & Ewell)
LGBCE
PO Box 133
Blyth
NE24 9FE

Resources

Local Government Boundary Commission for England presentation to Council, 14 July 2020

Agenda and Minutes of Council meeting, 14 July 2020

Submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England on Council Size - Agenda and Minutes of Council Meeting, 25 March 2021

Local Government Boundary Commission for England presentation to community groups with regard to warding arrangements, 11 May 2021

Submission to the local Government Boundary Commission for England on Warding Arrangements - Agenda and Minutes of Council meeting, 19 July 2021