The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is an independent body set up by Parliament. They carried out an electoral review of Wealden between September 2015 – December 2016. The aim of the review was to deliver electoral equality for voters in local elections and recommend ward boundaries that means each councillor represented approximately the same number of electors.
The electoral review decided:
- How many councillors are needed
- How many wards or electoral divisions there should be, where are their boundaries and what they should be called
- How many councillors should represent each ward or division
Currently Wealden District Council has 55 elected Members in 35 wards. The review concluded that this would be changed to 45 Councillors: ten fewer than the current arrangements. This means that those councillors should represent 41 wards – 37 one-councillor wards and 4 two-councillor wards. This will take effect at the next elections which will be 2 May 2019.
The details and names of the new wards are shown in Table A1 – (page 30-33) of the Final recommendations on the new electoral arrangements (pdf).
Explore link below to see the map where you can view the final recommendations (in red) and see how they have changed from the current arrangements (in blue)
Do you want to be a Councillor?
If you would like to consider standing for election view our be a Councillor web page for more information on the role of a Councillor and what is involved if you are successful.
Standing for election
To stand for election you will need to complete Nomination papers. These will be available from the Returning officer via the Electoral Services Team from early March 2019. Nomination papers are provided along with guidance notes from the Electoral Commission and a timetable of key dates. To request a Nomination pack please contact the Elections team using the contact details at the bottom of the page.
Electoral Commission Guidance
All Nomination packs include guidance notes from the Electoral Commission which are available to view online (external link).
Deadline Date for submitting Nomination papers
Nomination papers must be delivered by recorded post or by hand between Tuesday 26 March 2019 and 4pm 3rd April 2019
The Returning Officer
Wealden District Council
Informal check of Nomination papers
The Returning officer offers informal checks of your completed Nomination papers before they are formally submitted. This gives candidates the chance to make any necessary corrections before handing them in. These informal checks can be booked from Tuesday 26 March 2019. Please contact us using the contact number in the box below to arrange an appointment.
Appointments will take place at the Council Offices Hailsham.