Community Governance Review of East Grinstead Town Council

Mid Sussex District Council is undertaking a community governance review of East Grinstead Town Council.   

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

  • The movement of the Imberhorne/Baldwins ward boundary to bring it into line with the District Council boundary.
  • The merger of the wards of Town North and Town South back into a single ward known as Town.  

Background

The May 2011 elections saw the implementation of changes to the Town Council ward boundaries.  As a result of the 2008 review conducted by the Boundary Commission, the north eastern boundary of Imberhorne was moved to run along London Road, in line with the County Council divisional boundary between Imberhorne and East Grinstead Meridian. The boundary of the District Council ward of Imberhorne was left in its existing position. As a result, approximately 600 electors vote in the District Council Ward of East Grinstead Baldwins and the Town Council Ward of East Grinstead Imberhorne.  

Mid Sussex District Council has the power to review and adjust the ward boundary, and East Grinstead Town Council has formally requested that the District Council conduct such a review.  

Also as a result of the 2008 review conducted by the Boundary Commission, Town Ward was split into Town North and Town South.  At the election, this split raised issues during the nomination process and also led to some elector confusion.  The Returning Officer considers this split to be high risk in terms of procedural failures.  

Mid Sussex District Council has the power to review and adjust the ward boundary. Discussions with representatives of East Grinstead Town Council have indicated that they are content for the District Council to conduct a review. The proposals will not involve any changes to the number of Town Councillors.  If agreed, some 600 electors will be affected so that they are in the same District and Town ward.  

More detailed information can be found in the report to 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.