The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a pattern of council wards for Nottingham City Council.
The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will examine ward boundaries across the city.
The Commission has announced that it is “minded to” recommend that the council should have 55 city councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangements, and it now needs information from local people and groups across Nottingham to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 55 councilors.
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 any council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Nottingham.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Nottingham. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
“If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Nottingham, then this consultation is for you.
“Your views will make a difference. We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Nottingham or just a small part of the city.
“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in October.”