Labour plan to slash eight councillors

Alex Phillips
Alex Phillips

Erewash Labour Group has suggested that the number of councillors should be slashed in a radical move which could save tax-payers an estimated £20,000.

The plan to cut the number of councillors from 51 to 43, which leader Cllr Alex Phillips and Cllrs Linda McGraw and Cheryl Pidgeon have devised, has been submitted to the Local Government Boundary Commission.

The move comes ahead of a public consultation, due at some point before June this year, on the size of the council, before the commission sends a recommendation to the Government in May 2015.

Cllr Phillips said: “Members of the public must have confidence that their elected representatives are working hard for their communities – not kicking their heels in unproductive and costly meetings.”

He said that in the last two years, Erewash Borough Council has cancelled 10 per cent of all scheduled meetings,

“There is simply not enough work for the large number of councillors to do,” he claimed.

“Many meetings have been cursory – in some instances a paltry 10 minutes.

“Our plans will ensure that all areas of the borough have equal representation in the years ahead and that money spent on the democratic processes is essential and not frivolous.

“The taxpayer expects councillors to work and to have work to do – they do not owe councillors who are surplus to requirements, a living.”