Consultation on the Revised Recommendations of the Local Government Boundaries Commissioner (LGBC)

Closed 1 Mar 2022

Opened 18 Jan 2022

Overview

The role of the LGBC is to review and make recommendations in respect of the number, boundaries and names of the 11 local government districts and the number, boundaries and names of the wards into which each district is divided.

The 11 districts in Northern Ireland are as follows:

1.         Antrim and Newtownabbey;

2.         Ards and North Down;

3.         Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon;

4.         Belfast;

5.         Causeway Coast and Glens;

6.         Derry City and Strabane District Council;

7.         Fermanagh and Omagh;

8.         Lisburn and Castlereagh;

9.         Mid and East Antrim;

10        Mid Ulster; and

11.       Newry, Mourne and Down.

The LGB Review is required by the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 (as amended), which sets out the procedures for the Review. The Review is intended to provide electoral equality, in that all the wards within a district should, as far as possible, have a similar number of electors. The Commissioners recommendations do not relate to the current District Electoral Areas which are subject to their own review process under Electoral Law.

On 27th July 2021 the Commissioner published her Provisional Recommendations on the number, boundaries and names of the 11 local government districts and the number, boundaries of the wards into which each district is divided. The electoral data used to inform her provisional recommendations was captured on 4 January 2021. This date is known as the Enumeration Date. The public consultation on the Provisional Recommendations was open for 8 weeks and closed on 21 September 2021.

Public hearings were then held in each of the 11 Local Government Districts in September and October, each chaired by an Assistant Commissioner. The Assistant Commissioners’ role was to gather, assess and report on the representations made by interested parties including conclusions and recommendations for consideration by the Commissioner.

On 18th January 2022 the Commissioner published her Revised Recommendations including maps in response to the written and oral submissions received on the Provisional Recommendations and taking into consideration the Assistant Commissioners’ reports.

The Commissioner’s team has worked with a team from Ordinance Survey NI in Land and Property Services, Department of Finance, to produce an app of the new maps that show the ward and district boundaries recommended by the Commissioner throughout her Review.

Why your views matter

The Commissioner has published her Revised Recommendations including maps of the wards and districts and is consulting citizens for a 6 week period to get their views on these Recommendations.

What happens next

The Commissioner will consider all the views received from citizens and finalise her recommendations for the number, boundaries and names of the districts and wards in Northern Ireland.

The Department for Communities has directed the Commissioner to submit her Final Report to the Department by 31 May 2022.

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Equality
  • Consultation