New electoral ward arrangements in Knowsley

Published on: Thursday, 28-January-2016

Residents in Knowsley will receive a letter over the next week explaining how they may be affected by changes to the borough’s electoral wards.

Following a request from the council to review its current arrangements, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England decided to reduce the number of wards and councillors in the borough.

The number of electoral wards has been cut from 21 to 15, with the number of councillors reducing from 63 to 45. This will take effect for the Local Elections and Police and Crime Commissioner Election in May.

The council supports the new arrangements because they will save money, better reflect local communities and ensure that each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters.

The plans were the subject of several public consultation exercises.

All 45 council seats are up for election in May, which means residents will be voting for three councillors to represent their local wards.

Residents have been sent a letter explaining how their household may be affected by these changes. It will explain which electoral ward their household now sits in and the location of their polling station.

The Leader of Knowsley Council, Cllr Andy Moorhead, said: “The new ward arrangements, which take effect in May, will bring a number of positive benefits to Knowsley.

“The changes will generate financial savings for the council. Given that our residents and workforce have been affected by the impact of the Government’s cuts, it is only right that savings are also found from our elected members.

“The new arrangements will also ensure that each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters and I believe this will promote effective local government.”