Have your say on council ward restructure

MANSFIELD folk are being urged to have their say on plans to reshape the district — by increasing the number of wards from 19 to 36.

Mayor Tony Egginton has put forward radical proposals to change the existing ward boundaries as part of his manifesto pledge to slash the number of councillors.

The Boundary Committee for England is carrying out a review of the district and has said it supports the mayor's aims to have just 36 councillors after the next election in 2011, instead of the current 46.

Mr Egginton now wants residents to give their views on the proposed new wards and suggest names for each area.

He said: "Single member wards and the proposed new 36 ward district is a fundamental change to electoral representation in the Mansfield

district.

"This is all about re-building communities and giving communities values and introducing some civic pride and respect.

"The proposals will affect absolutely everyone. It is vital that local people have their say on the changes and that they make their views known through the consultation."

The comments received will help inform Mr Egginton's recommendations, which will be considered by full council in January before being submitted to the Boundary Committee.

The consultation runs until 11th December and people can view ward maps by visiting www.mansfield.gov.uk/ward-review or at the Civic Centre. Comments can be made by emailing democraticservices@mansfield.co.uk or by writing to Democratic Services, Mansfield District Council, Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, NG19 7BH.