Consultation on new boundaries is now open and will run until February

The proposed North Devon Council wards.The proposed North Devon Council wards.

Plans to change the boundaries of 18 North Devon Council wards have been opened up for public consultation.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is asking people across the district to comment on its proposals, which would see North Devon have 42 councillors, one less than current arrangements.

The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent six three-councillor wards, eight two-councillor wards and eight one-councillor wards across North Devon.

The consultation will run until February 19, with the commission’s final recommendations to be published in May.

LGBCE chair Professor Colin Mellors said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards for North Devon and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“Over the next eleven weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.

“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.

“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across North Devon and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.

“We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole district or just part of it.”

The full recommendations and interactive maps can be found on the LGBCE website.