New boundaries for council wards are being proposed in Malvern Hills District Council, which will bring “significantly altered wards” to the current political map.

The Local Government Boundary is reviewing the Malvern Hills area to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangement will help the council work effectively.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent body that draws up these boundaries on behalf of the council and is accountable to Parliament. It recommends fair electoral and boundary arrangements for local authorities in England. 

Published proposals for changes to the Malvern Hills show that 31 councillors are being required, with 13 single-councillor wards, six two-councillor wards, and two three-councillor wards. 

Malvern Gazette: Map for proposed wards in Malvern Hills.Map for proposed wards in Malvern Hills.

The new plans seek to bring in “significantly altered wards for Malvern to unite key centres within the town” and “new wards in the north-east of the district based on responses from parishes and councillors”.

A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 21 March 2022.

Chairman of the Commission, Professor Colin Mellors, said: “We want people in Malvern Hills to help us.

“We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Malvern Hills. 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 of why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved”

To give an opinion or find out more about the proposed plans, you can visit here.