Reduction in district councillors after ward boundaries redrawn

Graham Butland said the move will save money

Graham Butland said the move will save money

First published in News by , Reporter

The number of councillors in the Braintree district would be slashed under new proposals by the Boundary Commission.

The independent body has recommended the number of councillors should be cut from 60 to 49.

Under the plans new ward boundaries would be created to balance the amount of voters per councillor in each area, with the number of wards reduced from 30 to 26.

Council leader Graham Butland said: “The changes will produce significant savings for the tax payer in terms of both reducing the amount spent on councillor’s allowances and the cost of administering elections.

See this week's Times for the full story.

What do you think?  Will the move save money or is it bad for local democracy?  Comment below or email john.lucas@nqe.com

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12:19pm Mon 4 Aug 14

keith_l says...

In my view it is very bad for democracy. Not the reduction in Councillors, which is a good step, but the fact that there are still multi-seat consituencies. With the political balance as it is in this country, with two parties roughly equally matched in support, and then the rest, two-seat constituencies invariably elect one of each of the main parties. This increases the risk of hung councils, which are a major deterrent to any decisions being made.
In my view it is very bad for democracy. Not the reduction in Councillors, which is a good step, but the fact that there are still multi-seat consituencies. With the political balance as it is in this country, with two parties roughly equally matched in support, and then the rest, two-seat constituencies invariably elect one of each of the main parties. This increases the risk of hung councils, which are a major deterrent to any decisions being made. keith_l
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8:02am Tue 5 Aug 14

R Souls says...

Sometimes a hung council is a good thing. Decisions are taken with the community in mind rather than to suit the political agenda of any party. Personally, I would like all Councillors to be be independent of any political party and therefore free to vote on local issues for the benefit of the community rather than political pressure to suit national party policy.
Sometimes a hung council is a good thing. Decisions are taken with the community in mind rather than to suit the political agenda of any party. Personally, I would like all Councillors to be be independent of any political party and therefore free to vote on local issues for the benefit of the community rather than political pressure to suit national party policy. R Souls
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