The future of the City of York Council is in our hands
5:49am 30th July 2012
Local views sought on number of councillors for York
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people how many councillors they think should represent City of York Council in the future.
The six-week public consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will also consider changes to the number, names and boundaries of all the council's wards.
The Commission has considered evidence submitted to it by the City Council and is now consulting local people on a proposal that would see the authority represented by 47 councillors in future, the same as the current arrangements.
The Commission is asking local people whether they think 47 is still the right number of councillors for York.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said:
"This is your chance to shape your council for the future.
"We are asking people across York whether they agree that 47 councillors is the right number to represent the city in the future.
"We want to know if you think 47 is the right number of councillors to be able to take decisions effectively and whether it's the right number to represent the interests of all York's communities.
"If you don't agree that York should be represented by 47 councillors, we'd like you to tell us your alternative and why you think there should be more - or fewer - members of the council in the future.
"Once we've taken a view on the number of councillors for York, we will redraw ward boundaries to accommodate those elected members and we'll be asking local people to have their say during that process as well."
The current phase of consultation closes on 3 September 2012. Once it has considered the evidence provided by local people and organisations, the Commission will publish its proposal on the total number of councillors in October and then begin to gather information from local people and organisations on new ward boundaries across York.
The Commission aims to publish its draft recommendations for a new pattern of wards for York in April 2013 when it will consult local people again for twelve weeks. Final recommendations are due to be published in October 2013 and the new electoral arrangements would come into effect for the council elections in 2015.
Further information on electoral reviews and guidance on what sort of information the Commission is looking for, log on to our website click here.
To have your say, please write to:
The Review Officer (York)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
76-86 Turnmill Street
London EC1M 5LG
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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