The number of Isle of Wight councillors could be reduced if recommendations for new ward boundaries are approved.
The Local Government Boundary Commision has proposed that Isle of Wight councillor numbers are reduced by one, leaving 39 electorates rather than the current 40.
The organisation also suggests that the Isle of Wight Council should have 38 divisions, one fewer than there are now.
If plans are approved, the newly formed Ventnor and Wroxall ward would be overseen by two councillors.
The Commision says the review is necessary because there is currently an ‘electoral inequality’ on the Island with some councillors representing many more or fewer voters than others.
A 10-week public consultation on the recommendations has now started and will end on 12 November. It’s is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council divisions, division boundaries and division names across the Isle of Wight.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, says he’s keen to hear what local people think:
“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people, so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same, regardless of where you live.
“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across the Isle of Wight and that the pattern of divisions can help the council deliver effective local government for local people.
“We will consider all the submissions we receive, whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole borough or just a part of it.”
Commenting on plans to reduce councillor numbers, an Isle of Wight Council spokesperson says:
“We have received the consultation and will be considering the implications in more detail before making any further comment.”
Comments can be made, here.