A NEW pattern of council wards for Stroud District Council will be drawn up and the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help.

The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the district and the commission has announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should continue to have 51 councillors in the future.

The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Stroud to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 51 councillors.

In drawing up new boundaries, the commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters.

The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Stroud.

Local people have until Monday, November 3 to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.