Community Governance Review of Burgess Hill Town Council - Meeds North and Meeds South Wards

Mid Sussex District Council is undertaking a community governance review of Burgess Hill Town Council.

The terms of reference for the review have been agreed by Mid Sussex District Council and are to consider:

  • the merger of the wards of Meeds North and Meeds South back into a single ward known as Meeds.

Background

The May 2011 elections saw the implementation of a change to one of the existing Town Council Wards. As a result of the 2008 review conducted by the Boundary Commission. Meeds was split into Meeds North and Meeds South. The District Council Ward of Burgess Hill Meeds was left intact. This arrangement makes the administration of combined District and Town Council polls more complex. At the election the split caused issues during the nomination and postal vote issuing process, and also led to some elector confusion.

Mid Sussex District has the power to adjust the ward boundary. Discussions with representatives of Burgess Hill Town Council have indicated that they are content for the District council to conduct a review. They support the proposal to merge the wards of Meeds North and Meeds South into a single ward known as Meeds. The proposals will not involve any changes to the number of Town Councillors.

More detailed information can be found in the report to the Council on 10 November 2011

Consultation

Mid Sussex District Council is now conducting a twelve week consultation period, running from 8 March 2013 to 31 May 2013.
You can submit your views by email to elections@midsussex.gov.uk or by writing to:

The Chief Executive
Mid Sussex District Council
Oaklands
Oaklands Road
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 1SS

Following the consultation exercise, proposals will be considered by the Council’s Leader and Service Delivery Scrutiny Committee on 2 July and then by Full Council on 24 July 2013 Any changes to be made to the electoral arrangements for Burgess Hill Town Council will come into effect at the next full elections of town and parish councillors in May 2015.