Review suggests Cotswold District Council should lose councillors in order to save money
A RECENT review has suggested that Cotswold District Council should become more streamlined and lose nine of its councillors.
The recommendation, made by the Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBC), was implemented following a six-week consultation that ended in July.
CDC currently has 44 councillors on its wards, under the new proposal this number would decrease to 35.
Speaking about the reduction in councillors, CDC chairman Lynden Stowe said that the council had requested this review in order to highlight cost-cutting measures.
He said: “We are continuously reviewing our spending to ensure that we provide the best value for money for residents, and we have been convinced for some time that we can operate effectively with fewer councillors to lower the cost of local bureaucracy.”
The LGBC has also suggested that new council boundaries be drawn up to accommodate the 35 councillors.
By creating new boundaries, the LGBC hopes to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of votes.
Max Caller, chairman of the LGBC, said: “The starting point of an electoral review is for the Commission to take a view on the number of councillors who should represent the authority in the future.
“We are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for the districts. Your views will make a difference.”
Cotswold residents can submit their views by visiting www.lgbce.org.uk before Monday, November 11.
The public will have another chance to have their say after the LGBC publishes its draft recommendations in February 2014.
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