A new pattern of wards is being developed for Fareham Borough Council.

The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 15th November 2022.

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Fareham to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the Council work effectively.

The Commission has published proposals for changes to Fareham. It is proposing that there should be 32 councillors. Those councillors should represent 16 two-councillor wards. None of the existing wards will remain the same, all will have different boundaries.

Proposed changes include:

  • A new pattern of wards for Fareham town that accounts for the Welborne Garden Village development north of the M27 motorway
  • The creation of two two-councillor wards for the Portchester area, resulting in the abolition of the current three-councillor Portchester East ward

Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:

“We want people in Fareham to help us. We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Fareham. 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 Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can see the detail of the proposals and comment on the names of wards and their boundaries at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/32652

People can also give their views by e-mail at reviews@lgbce.org.uk and by post:

Review Officer (Fareham), LGBCE, PO Box 133, Blyth, NE24 9FE