THE number of councillors on East Lindsey District Council could be cut and various ward boundaries altered as part of a wide-ranging review.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking residents how many councillors they think should represent East Lindsey District in the future.
The six-week public consultation is the first part of the review which will also consider changes to the number, names and boundaries of all the council’s wards, including Horncastle and Woodhall Spa.
The commission has considered evidence submitted by ELDC and is now consulting residents on a proposal that would see the authority represented by 55 councillors in future, five fewer than under the current arrangements.
The commission is asking whether they think 55 is the right number of councillors for East Lindsey.
Max Caller, chair of the commission, said: “This is your chance to shape your council for the future.
“We are asking people across East Lindsey whether they agree that 55 councillors is the right number to represent the district in the future.
“We want to know if you think 55 is the right number of councillors to be able to take decisions effectively and whether it’s the right number to represent the interests of all East Lindsey’s communities.
“If you don’t agree that the district should be represented by 55 councillors, we’d like you to tell us your alternative and why you think there should be more – or fewer – members of the council in the future.
“Once we’ve taken a view on the number of councillors for the district, we will redraw ward boundaries to accommodate those elected members and we’ll be asking local people to have their say during that process as well.”
The current phase of consultation closes on October 15.
Once it has considered the evidence, the commission will publish its proposal on the total number of councillors in November and then begin to gather information from local people and organisations on new ward boundaries across East Lindsey.
The commission aims to publish its draft recommendations for a new pattern of wards for East Lindsey in May 2013 when it will consult local people again for 12 weeks.
Final recommendations are due to be published in late 2013 and the new electoral arrangements would come into effect for the council elections in 2015.
Anyone wanting to contribute should write to: The Review Officer (East Lindsey) Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG
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