Swaffham voters are urged to have say on boundary change plans

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Residents in the Swaffham area have been invited to comment on plans to redraw the electoral map of the Breckland council district.

The Local Government Boundary Commission has launched a consultation on its plans to change ward boundaries across the district which, if approved, would be in place in time for the elections next year.

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Although the boundaries of the Swaffham ward will not be altered and the town will still elect three district councillors, residents in several nearby villages could find themselves in new wards in May 2015.

Under the plans, the Necton ward will be expanded to incorporate the village of Holme Hale, while a new Ashill division, including that village, North Pickenham and Hilborough, will also be created.

The Nar Valley ward, which includes Narborough, would also be expanded. Commission chiefs say the reforms are designed to ensure that each councillor represents a roughly similar number of voters.

Chairman Max Caller said: “We want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.”

The consultation runs until April 14. Anyone wishing to comment should email reviews@lgbce.org.uk or write to The Review Officer (Breckland), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG