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Labour welcomes boundary proposals

The Leader of South Gloucestershire's Labour councillors has welcomed the publication of new council ward boundaries that will result in a cut to the number of councillors on the district's council.

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The Local Government Boundary Commission today published its final recommendations for the boundaries on which the May 2019 council elections will be fought. These cut the number of councillors to 61 (from 70) and come after a long process of consultation. The recommendations now need formal confirmation by the parliamentary authorities.

Some familiar ward names are destined to disappear, such as Rodway, Siston and Westerleigh, whilst new ones will be created including Charlton & Cribbs and New Cheltenham.

Because South Gloucestershire's population is set to rise, the changes mean that the average number of electors served by each councillor will increase by 25%, from 3,008 to 3,773 per councillor.

Labour Group Leader Councillor Pat Rooney comments:

"At a time when the council is cutting hundreds of jobs and those staff that remain are working harder, I feel that elected councillors should not be exempt. A reduction in the number of councillors will also help to reduce costs, although it will only make a tiny dent given the size of the black hole in the council's finances.

Reducing the size of the council at a time of population growth was always going to trigger some big changes, and although I don't like all of the proposals I do commend the Boundary Commission for their tidy solution overall."

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