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|Title:||Ward Boundaries to be Reviewed|
|ID & Publication:||20120711022 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Community News |
Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, has today welcomed news from The Local Government Boundary Commission for England that they will review electoral arrangements in Doncaster, which could see reductions in the number of Elected Members of the Council.
The Commission will start the formal review process in April next year which after a preliminary period will see them look at the size of the council before considering the number and boundaries of electoral wards. Following their deliberations the Commission will publish draft recommendations for consultation before completing their review and publishing their final recommendations in January 2015. Any electoral changes would be implemented in whole-council elections in May 2016.
Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said: ‘I am delighted with this overdue announcement. Doncaster’s mayoral system, which was supported at the recent elections, makes most of the key decisions and I have always insisted the number of councillors needs to be reduced.
‘Councillors do have an important role to play bringing issues to the attention of the Executive but 63 members in Doncaster is simply too many and that’s why I committed in my manifesto to cut the numbers from 63 to 21.
‘These are difficult times for the council as we come to terms with the Government’s £80million spending cuts and make tough decisions as to where these savings can be found. As a local authority we are spending in the region of £1.3million on 63 councillors over 21 wards and in my opinion this is money that could be better spent elsewhere.
‘This latest news from the Boundary Commission means we are heading in the right direction and I look forward to seeing the outcome of their review.’
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