October 4, 2021 5.09 pm

Big shakeup coming for North Lincolnshire political map

Twelve out of the seventeen wards would change

By Local Democracy Reporter

Voters are facing the biggest shake-up of  North Lincolnshire’s political map in 25 years as nearly all wards boundaries will move.

Twelve out of the seventeen wards would change under the new plan.

The Isle of Axholme would have one ward eliminated, and a new one would be created in Scunthorpe.

The Local Government Boundary Commission has also taken the ‘unusual’ step of suggesting a ward that is split into two detached areas.

The Cadney parish would be moved into the Brigg & Wolds ward, despite not touching it geographically.

The proposed plans say the area has stronger links to Brigg than the Ridge ward it is currently in.

The Skippingdale estate in Scunthorpe will be solidified into the Crosby & Park ward following feedback.

Several villages will also change representatives. Scawby will be put into the Broughton ward, while Ashby and Roxby have been removed from it into Winterton.

North Lincolnshire would retain 43 councillors and 17 different wards.

The proposed new boundaries for North Lincolnshire.

Boundaries are adjusted to ensure each councillor represents a similar number of constituents, with areas which follow community identities.

The Boundary Commission did not use the official recommendation which North Lincolnshire Council came up with, which would have cut the number of wards down to 16 and redistributed councillors.

Residents can now give feedback on the proposed map for the next ten weeks.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We want people in North Lincolnshire to help us.

“We have drawn up proposals for new wards in North Lincolnshire. We want to make sure these new electoral arrangements reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.

“Residents and local organisations can help us do that. We would like them to let us know whether they agree with our proposals before we take final decisions.

“It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us.

“Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved.”

The proposed boundaries can be viewed online, and are now open for comments.

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