Plan to increase numbers of councillors in light of a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Plan to increase numbers of councillors  in light of a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Plan to increase numbers of councillors in light of a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

First published in News

DORSET County Council is proposing to increase the number of its councillors.

A cross-party panel has been set up to review the council size and ward boundaries in light of a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.

At a meeting of the council’s cabinet, leader Spencer Flower told members that the panel was recommending increasing the number of councillors from 45 to 46.

He said this was done to reflect the fact that in Christchurch there were a significantly higher numbers of electors per councillor compared to elsewhere in the county.

Cllr Flower said that the other option would have been to reduce the number of councillors to 41, but this was not deemed appropriate by the panel.

He said: “We have had a series of cross party meetings and at the last meeting we agreed that we go up by one.”

The proposal was backed by the cabinet and will now go before full council on July 24.

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2:49pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Rocksalt says...

So, the Turkeys didn't vote for Christmas. What a surprise. Dorset already has an entire layer of government ( and therefore extra councillors) than similar size counties. Is it really that difficult a county to administer ?
So, the Turkeys didn't vote for Christmas. What a surprise. Dorset already has an entire layer of government ( and therefore extra councillors) than similar size counties. Is it really that difficult a county to administer ? Rocksalt
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4:24pm Thu 3 Jul 14

jjlad2 says...

Forsoth! someone had the ordasity to reduce coucilors from 45 to 41!!!!! i understand 45 voted against that idea, easier to recruit 1 more and let the tax payer support another non working number in the council chambers. job for the boys no doubt, this is a council who should employ someone to streamline it, never job cuts for the councillors just the voters.......
Forsoth! someone had the ordasity to reduce coucilors from 45 to 41!!!!! i understand 45 voted against that idea, easier to recruit 1 more and let the tax payer support another non working number in the council chambers. job for the boys no doubt, this is a council who should employ someone to streamline it, never job cuts for the councillors just the voters....... jjlad2
  • Score: 1

4:02pm Fri 4 Jul 14

weymouthfox says...

Really only need half the councillors we currenly have. Sack half of them now.
Really only need half the councillors we currenly have. Sack half of them now. weymouthfox
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