Residents are being encouraged to take part in a consultation as new boundaries are being proposed for wards on Tameside Council.
The Local Government Boundary Commission is gathering views on the proposals during a 10-week consultation, which will run until 9 August.
The Commission - an independent body accountable to Parliament that draws these boundaries - still thinks there should be 19 wards and three councillors per ward, as is currently the case.
But it's proposing to change 18 of the wards, including:
- Hattersley area united within Longdendale ward rather than being split
- Change in Ashton-under-Lyne to provide a stronger boundary between St Peter’s and Ashton Waterloo wards running along the railway line
Tameside has three constituencies: Ashton-under-Lyne (which has six wards), Denton and Reddish (which has five wards) and Stalybridge and Hyde (which has eight wards).
The review has been carried out, the Commission says, to "make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively".
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: "We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Tameside. 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."
People can find out more about the proposals and comment on the names of wards and their boundaries at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/have-your-say/24716. An interactive map is also available at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/24716.
You can also give your views by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by post:
Review Officer (Tameside)
PO Box 133