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Stafford's number of councillors set to drop by nearly a third

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: October 22, 2013

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NEARLY a third of Stafford borough councillors will lose their seats after the Local Government Boundary Commission adopted a council size of 40 - 19 less than the current number. 

 

The commission today opened a public consultation on the ward boundaries for the authority , with members of the public encouraged to respond in order to inform on work to decide the new wards councillors will represent following the borough elections in 2015. 

Leader of the Borough Council, Mike Heenan, said: “We made a promise that we would review the number of members on the council.

“Over recent years the authority has reduced in size and the number of services it delivers – so we need a council which reflects those changes but still gives value for money to the residents and businesses it serves.”

He added: “I am glad the boundary commission has accepted the proposals for numbers that we put forward.”

A spokesman for the council said: "The borough council has had 59 councillors since 2003 serving 26 wards in Stafford, Stone, and villages across the area. 

"Proposed ward boundaries are expected to be published in March for a public consultation before the final map goes before Parliament to be confirmed. 

"Stafford Borough has a population of more than 130,000 and is the largest in terms of geographical size, and people that it serves, of all the district councils in the county."

The number of councillors was reduced by one, form 60-59, following a previous review in 2003.

Information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.

 

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