A consultation has been launched to decide the future political make-up of Dartford, with draft recommendations affecting every ward in the district.

The 10-week consultation is being carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, which has published a series of proposals, looking for feedback from residents.

Professor Colin Mellors, chairman of the commission, said: “Over the next 10 weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or, if not, how they can be improved.

“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.

“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Dartford and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.

“We will consider all the submissions we receive, whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole borough or just part of it.”

The draft recommendations include reducing the number of councillors from 44 to 42, and increasing the number of wards represented by a single councillor from one to five.

To respond to the consultation, click here. The deadline for replies is April 9.

To have your say, click here.