You have six more weeks to have your say on changes to electoral ward boundaries in Reading.

All but one ward is set to be changed and two councillors could be added to the council’s membership.

This will mean there will be 48 councillors in 16 three-councillor wards across the council area and the boundaries of all but one ward will change.

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The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people and organisations to comment on the draft recommendations for new ward boundaries across Reading Borough Council.

The consultation has been re-launched as the initial consultation, which began in February and was due to end in April, was impeded by the coronavirus crisis.

This is how things look now:

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And this is how they could look if the changes go ahead as currently suggested:

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The LGBCE says it has “an open mind” about further suggestions from local people to change and improve these recommendations and  will consider all the submissions it receives.

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Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Reading and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“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 Reading and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government for local people.”

You can view the plans and submit your comments here.

The consultation will close on July 20, 2020.