Have say on bid to cut number of councillors

NILALC100809B1 - Ilkeston Town Hall
NILALC100809B1 - Ilkeston Town Hall

Erewash could soon have four fewer councillors if changes to ward boundaries for the borough are approved.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is currently consulting on its draft proposals for new ward boundaries in Erewash.

Recommendations propose that Erewash Borough Council should have 47 councillors in the future, four fewer than the current 51.

The proposals mean those councillors would represent ten two-member and nine three-member wards across the borough, including Ilkeston.

Max Caller, chairman of the commission, said: “We are asking local people to log on to our website or visit their local library to have a look at our proposals for new ward boundaries for Erewash.

“We are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations and to tell us if they agree with the proposals.

“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in elections to Erewash Borough Council. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of electors so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.

“We also aim to ensure that the council’s wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of local communities.”

Have your say on the proposed changes by visiting Ilkeston Library or log on to consultation.lgbce.org.uk.