Have say on changes to Sheffield Council wards

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Draft proposals to change the boundaries of council wards across Sheffield are now open for 12 weeks of public consultation.

Main changes suggested by the Local Government Boundary Commission are to the Central ward on Sheffield Council, which is forecast to have 63 per cent more electors than councillors than the city average by 2020.

Draft proposals suggest retaining Broomhall in the ward and changing its name to City.

A new boundary following the A61 to the north of an area of student flats around Boston Street would mark the line between City and the Park and Arbourthorne wards. As a result of including Broomhall, an area of houses between School Road and Crookesmoor Road would be included in the new Broomhill and Botanicals ward.

Elsewhere, Highfield would be included in the Park and Arbourthorne ward despite concerns that there is little shared identity.

Significant amendments to the central ward boundaries would also affect the proposed Sharrow and Nether Edge ward, which would take on a large portion of the current central ward.

A proposed Ecclesall ward would include Carter Knowle but not the Parkhead area, which would move to Dore and Totley.

Max Caller CBE, commission chairman, said: “Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters.

“This means each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in elections is worth roughly the same.

“We also want to ensure our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Sheffield.”

n Visit www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk to take part in the consultation.