East Lindsey District Council may cut councillor numbers

Tedder Hall, home of East Lindsey District Council.
Tedder Hall, home of East Lindsey District Council.

Residents are being asked to have ther say on proposals which could see East Lindsey District Council reduce their number of councillors by five.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England wants to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries which aim to deliver ‘equality’ to wards.

A 12-week public consultation on the recommendations began yesterday today and is is open to anyone in East Lindsey who wants to have their say.

The draft recommendations propose that ELDC should have 55 councillors in the future, five fewer than the current arrangements.

The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent 19 single-member, 12 two-member and four three-member wards across East Lindsey.

The full recommendations are at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk, and hard copies are available to view at council buildings and libraries.

Max Caller CBE, chair of the commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across East Lindsey and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“Over the next 12 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 East Lindsey 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 district or just part of it.”

If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write to The Review Officer (East Lindsey), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London, EC1M 5LG or email reviews@lgbce.org.uk August 5.

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