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Views sought over council change plans

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 09, 2013

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PEOPLE are being asked for their views on how many councillors should represent North West Leicestershire District Council.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking Ashby, Measham and Moira residents how many councillors they think should help make up the authority.

The commission wants to know whether the district should continue to be represented by 38 councillors or whether there should be more, or fewer, district councillors in future.

The six-week public consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will also consider changes to the number, names and boundaries of the council’s wards.

Max Caller, chairman of the commission, said: “This is their chance to shape their council for the future.

“We are asking people across the district if they agree that 38 councillors is still the right number to represent North West Leicestershire in future.

“We want to know if they think 38 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 North West Leicestershire’s communities.

“If they don’t agree that North West Leicestershire should be represented by 38 councillors, we’d like them to tell us their alternative and why they think there should be more, or fewer, members of the council in the future.

“Once we have taken a view on the number of councillors, we will re drawing ward boundaries to accommodate those elected members and we will be asking local people to have their say during that process as well.”

More information about the review is available by visiting www.lgbce.org.uk or by emailing reviews@lgbce.org.uk

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