New names on the cards for four Electoral Divisions

The public’s views are being sought on potential new names for four of Somerset’s Electoral Divisions.

There are 54 Divisions in the county and Somerset County Council is proposing to change the name of four of them so that they better describe the area they cover.

Anyone with an interest can take part in a consultation on the new names which runs until Friday, 25 May.

The four electoral divisions and the proposed new names are as follows:

Current name Proposed name
Blackdown and Neroche Neroche and Wellington East
Castle Cary Cary
Watchet and Stogursey Quantock Coast
Wellington Electoral Division Wellington and Rockwell Green

More details about the proposals and the reasons behind each potential change is available on the http://www.somerset.gov.uk/councillors-and-democracy/elections/electoral-division-consultation-april-2018/

Leader of the County Council, Councillor David Fothergill, said: “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to identify who is representing them and who they can vote for when elections come round and having the right division name is part of that.

“We have made suggestions but before we make any decisions we’d like to hear from anyone who has a view on the matter. So, if that’s you, please get involved.”

All comments should be sent to Carol James, Democratic Services Officer at cdjames@somerset.gov.uk

A decision on the names of the divisions will be taken at a meeting of the Full Council later this year.