Residents and organisations are being urged to have their say in a consultation on developing a new pattern of wards for Tameside Council.
The Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Tameside should be 57, the same as now.
There are currently 19 electoral wards in the borough - with three councillors representing each. There are 51 Labour councillors, five Conservative and one from the Green Party.
A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 5 April.
The Commission is an independent body, accountable to Parliament, that draws these boundaries.
It says Tameside is being reviewed to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements help the council work effectively. It adds that it also wants to be sure that its proposals reflect community ties and identities.
The Commission will use local views to help it draw up proposals for the new ward boundaries. There will be a further round of consultation once it has drawn up the proposals.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We want people in Tameside to help us. We are starting to draw up new wards for Tameside Council. We want our proposals for new electoral arrangements to reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.
“Residents and local organisations can help us understand community ties and identities at this early stage of the process. 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 Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can give their views and see an interactive map at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/24716
People can also give their views by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by post:
The Review Officer (Tameside)
PO Box 133
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