By Tristan Harris 27/03 Updated: 27/03 11:10
RESIDENTS are being asked on how many councillors they feel should represent Bromsgrove District Council in the future as part of an electoral review.
The six-week consultation, which closes on May 8, is being carried out by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE).
It is the first part of the review, which Bromsgrove District Council requested. It will also see changes being considered to the district council's ward names and boundaries.
Evidence has already been submitted over the last few months by the council and its political groups and now residents are being given the chance to have their say.
Bromsgrove District Council currently has 39 members across 23 electoral wards and the Boundary Commission wants to hear from residents on a proposal to reduce the number of councillors to 31.
The LGBCE is responsible for reviewing electoral issues - including defining boundaries, numbers of councillors and local elections.
Max Caller, the chair of the LGBCE, said: “This is your chance to shape your council for the future.
“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.
“If you don’t agree Bromsgrove should be represented by 31 councillors, we’d like you to tell us your alternative and why you think there should be more – or fewer – members of the council in the future."
Once the review has been completed, the proposals for the total number of councillors for Bromsgrove will be published in June.
Residents will then be asked for their views on how they feel the ward boundaries should be redrawn to accommodate the members.
The LBGCE is aiming to publish its draft recommendations for the new ward boundaries in November 2012, when it will again consult Bromsgrove residents for eight weeks. And the final recommendations will be published in spring next year. It is hoped the new electoral wards will be in force for the 2015 council elections.
For more on electoral reviews and guidance on the type of information the LGBCE is looking for, visit www.lgbce.org.uk.
Those wanting to have their say can write to: The Review Officer (Bromsgrove), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG or e-mail their views to firstname.lastname@example.org
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