More Seats At County Hall? Review Of Councillors To Be Considered

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Forty Isle of Wight councillors is enough, according to an anonymous survey.

A workload assessment, carried out after the Boundary Commission initiated an electoral review of the Island, has found the current number of representatives is right for the responsibilities the Island’s local authority needs to undertake.

The Full Council will vote on the recommendation on 21 March and the response will be sent to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, which will make the final decision.

Council Leader Dave Stewart said:

“It is absolutely right the council looked at whether there was the scope to reduce councillor numbers further but the general consensus is that the amount of time spent undertaking the role has not reduced significantly in recent years.

“The role also continues to evolve and Islanders rightly expect to receive a high standard of service from their councillors, which I think is what happens.


“This good work is best achieved by the number we have now, particularly when there was a substantial reduction just over ten years ago.”

A public consultation looking at proposed changes to ward boundaries will start on 1 May and could come into force by 2021.

Councillor numbers were reduced from 48 to 40 in a 2007 electoral review.

 

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