Huntingdonshire District Council rules that number of councillors ‘should not change’ as demand on time is increasing

Huntingdonshire District Council

Huntingdonshire District Council - Credit: Archant

Huntingdonshire District Council has put forward a proposal to keep all 52 of its councillors to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.

After announcing that the LGBCE intends to carry out an electoral review of the district council for the elections in 2018 the council was tasked with making recommendations.

An all-party group concluded that in order to “maintain effective and convenient local government” that the number of councillors should not change.

In a report given by the managing director of the council Jo Lancaster stated that: “One of the key reasons for proposing to retain 52 councillors is the magnitude of the growth predicted for the area. Demands on councillors have increased significantly since the last review in 2002.”

The council also hope that they will be able to keep the 29 wards that they currently have in place.

The group took into account the council’s nearest neighbours and it was deemed that with an electorate of 128,353 in its 29 wards it is similar to South Cambridgeshire, Colchester and Braintree.

Due to this the council expects that there will be “no objection” to their proposals.

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At a full council meeting on September 30 it was agreed that the proposals made by the group would be sent to the LGBCE.

The second stage of the review will be a public consultation on new electoral ward boundaries which started yesterday (October 27) to January 11, 2016.

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