Review calls for cut in the number of councillors

Erewash could soon be voting in fewer councillors if changes suggested by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England are approved.

Following a review and consultation the commission has announced that it is ‘minded to recommend’ that the council should reduce its number of councillors to 47, four less than it currently has.

Max Caller, chair of the commission, said: “The starting point of an electoral review is to take a view on the number of councillors who should represent the authority in future.

“On the evidence presented to the commission, we are minded to recommend that Erewash should have four fewer councillors than the current set-up.”

As part of the changes a public consultation asking local people for their help to draw up new council wards for Erewash Borough Council started this week.

The idea behind the reduction in councillor numbers and review of wards across Erewash is to create ‘electoral equality’ meaning that the comission wants to see all councillors representing a similar number of voters

Guidance for people taking part in the consultation suggests that the new council wards should reflect the interests and identities of communities across the borough.

Voters have until November 11 to submit their views.

Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found online at consultation.lgbce.org.uk.

The commission will publish a draft recommendation in February 2014 before another consultation.