Thornbury Town Council consultation

We are reviewing the way decisions are made on local issues in your area and we want to hear your views. We want to know if you would like the number of town council wards within Thornbury Town Council to be changed.

The enclosed map shows the proposed boundaries parish area and the internal wards. You can view the map here

What are the current arrangements?

Thornbury Town Council currently has five internal wards.  The table below shows the current electoral arrangements for the town council.

Town Ward

Electors

Number of Councillors

Elector to Councillor ratio

South

1957

3

652:1

North West

3051

3

1017:1

North East

2741

4

685:1

East

1492

3

497:1

Central

1648

3

549:1

Since the warding arrangements were last reviewed there has been a significant amount of housing development in the town council area. This has led to a lack of balance across Thornbury in the elector to councillor ratio, this review provides an opportunity to consider if the existing warding arrangements are fit for purpose.

The consultation options

There are two possible options.  They are:

Option 1: The internal warding arrangements for Thornbury Town Council are changed.

We are proposing to decrease the number of town wards from five to four to provide a better electoral balance across the town council area.  The enclosed map outlines the proposed new internal town wards. 

In making proposals for change we are required to consider any likely changes in electorate for a period of five years from when a community governance review started. To do this we use available housing trajectory information.

The table below sets out revised electoral arrangements if there was support for change.

Proposed Town Ward

Current Electorate

Projected Electorate in 2026

Proposed Number of Councillors

Elector to Councillor ratio based on current electorate

Projected Elector to Councillor ratio in 2026

North East

2739

2889

4

685:1

722:1

North West

2763

2867

4

690:1

717:1

South

3044

3044

4

761:1

761:1

South East

2343

2836

4

586:1

709:1

 

Option 2: No change

This would mean that internal warding arrangements and the number of councillors allocated to each town ward remained the same.

Why are we carrying out the review?

As part of the planning for this review we wrote to all parish and town councils asking if they would like to make any changes to their arrangements.  Thornbury Town Council has asked if we could consult on whether changes should be made to the internal warding arrangements.

What happens next?

All the responses to the consultation will be reviewed and used in a report to go to our Regulatory Committee towards the end of September 2022.  If a decision is made to change the internal warding arrangements, the change would take effect from the local elections in May 2023.

Have your say

There are several ways for you to tell us your views on this important local issue. You can:

  • Complete an online response here
  • Download a copy of the consultation questionnaire here and return to Freepost COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE REVIEW
  • Email: electoral.services@southglos.gov.uk
  • Write to Freepost COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE REVIEW*

* Please ensure COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE REVIEW is in capitals for this to work at the Royal Mail sorting centre.

The consultation closes on 21 August 2022

If you have any further questions or require any additional information, including translations or accessible versions of this document please email: electoral.services@southglos.gov.uk or phone: 01454 868009.

Timeline

  • Opened
    6 Jul 2022 at 00:00
  • Closes
    21 Aug 2022 at 23:59

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