WARDS for Brighton and Hove are set to be redrawn ahead of the next council elections.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has started a periodic review of the city’s wards, almost two decades after the existing 21 wards and their boundaries were introduced.

However, the city will keep its existing number of 54 councillors under the plans.

The commission has launched a ten-week consultation of residents and organisations for their thoughts on their local area and which communities should be part of the same ward.

Launching the consultation, chairman of the commission Professor Colin Mellors said: “We want people in Brighton and Hove to help us.

“We want our proposals for new electoral arrangements to reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.

“Residents and local organisations can help us understand community ties and identities at this early stage of the process.”

Final proposals from the independent body will need to be passed through Parliament before being implemented, with elections for the new wards taking place in 2023.

Residents and organisations can give their views through their website at www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/east-sussex/brighton-and-hove, or email reviews@lgbce.org.uk. People can also contribute to the consultation by post, addressed to: The Review Officer (Brighton and Hove), LGBCE, PO Box 133, Blyth, NE24 9FE.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England aims to ensure each councillor represents a similar number of voters and create boundaries that reflect community ties and identities.

Their review comes amid plans to redraw the UK’s constituencies for Parliament, ahead of the next general election. Proposals by the Boundary Commission for England saw the creation of a "Hove and Brighton West" constituency, Queen’s Park being incorporated into Brighton Pavilion, and Hanover and Elm Grove moving into Brighton Kemptown.

The national review is being based on current ward boundaries, so it is possible some communities in Brighton and Hove will end up in two different constituencies after both reviews.

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