FOLLOWING work by the Local Government Boundary Commission, Epping Forest is set to have new boundaries for its council wards.

The commission is an independent body that reviewed Epping Forest to make sure councillors will represent around the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.

Final recommendations have been published for changes in Epping Forest and the commission says residents should be represented by 54 councillors, four fewer than current arrangements.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are very grateful to people in Epping Forest, we looked at all the views they gave us.

“We believe the new arrangements will deliver electoral fairness while maintain local ties.”

There will be 18 wards represented by three councillors each. Most of the existing wards will change, one will remain the same, namely Buckhurst Hill West.

In total 74 people and organisations made comments to help decide the new wards.

The Commission has now confirmed the changes contained in its earlier proposals.

Changes become law once Parliament has approved them and staff at Epping Forest Council will ensure that the arrangements are in place for the 2024 elections.

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