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Do you want fewer Bromsgrove councillors?

Posted on April 16 2012 at 8:46:41

There are just a few weeks left for villagers to have their say on reducing the number of councillors on Bromsgrove District Council.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people whether they think 31 councillors should represent Bromsgrove District Council: a reduction of eight from the current set up.

The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will also consider changes to the number, names and boundaries of all the council’s wards.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “We’re asking people across Bromsgrove whether they agree that the district should be served by 31 councillors in the future, eight fewer than at present.

“We want to know if you think 31 is the right number of councillors to be able to take decisions effectively and whether it’s the right number to represent the interests of all Bromsgrove’s communities.

“This public consultation is the first, but very important, part of our review of the electoral arrangements of the council. Once we’ve taken a view on the number of councillors for Bromsgrove, we will redraw ward boundaries to accommodate those councillors and we’ll be asking local people to have their say during that process as well.

“Your views matter. The Commission will carefully consider every piece of evidence we receive before we take a decision.”

The consultation closes on 8 May 2012.

The Commission aims to publish its proposals on the total number of councillors in June 2012 and will then begin to gather information from local people and organisations on new ward boundaries across Bromsgrove.

The Commission then aims to publish its draft recommendations for a new pattern of wards for Bromsgrove in November 2012 when it will consult local people again for eight weeks. Final recommendations are due to be published in Spring 2013 and the new electoral arrangements would come into effect for the council elections in 2015.

Further information on the electoral review of Bromsgrove can be found at: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/west-midlands/worcestershire/bromsgrove-fer

To have your say, write to:

The Review Officer (Bromsgrove)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
Layden House
76-86 Turnmill Street
London EC1M 5LG
Or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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