LYME Regis and Charmouth could be split from the Marshwood Vale when a new unitary authority is introduced in Dorset.
In May 2019, a new unitary authority for Dorset – called Dorset Council – will replace the existing county, district and borough councils in the area.
At county level, Lyme Regis, Charmouth and the Marshwood Vale are currently combined into one division, represented by Conservative councillor Daryl Turner. But the division could be split – with one councillor representing Lyme and Charmouth and one representing the Marshwood Vale – under new boundary proposals.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is now asking local people to comment on plans for council ward boundaries before they are finalised in October, ready for new councillors to be elected to the new Dorset Council next year.
The commission proposes that the council should have 82 councillors in total. The plans propose 31 one-councillor wards, 14 two-councillor wards and eight three-councillor wards.
After being finalised, the boundaries will come into effect at the first election for the authority in May 2019.
Professor Colin Mellors, chairman of the commission, said: “This is a chance for local people to have their say on how they will be represented by the new Dorset Council.
“We want to build wards that make sense to local people and mean something to them. That is why we want to hear as much local evidence as possible before we finalise the plans in October.”
The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.
The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations. Anyone wishing to make a submission to the Commission should write or email by August 27.
To comment by post, write to: The Review Officer (Dorset), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 1st floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Turner represents the Marshwood Vale ward, which currently includes Lyme Regis and Charmouth, at county council level, and he also represents Lyme Regis and Charmouth at district council level, along with his sister, Councillor Cheryl Reynolds, an independent. It has not yet been announced who will be standing for election to the new Dorset Council.