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First major review of Wychavon District councillor numbers in 20 years given thumbs up

Droitwich Editorial 27th Apr, 2018

A MAJOR review of the number of councillors on Wychavon District Council for the first time in nearly 20 years has been given the thumbs up by council chiefs.

Councillors approved a call from former leader Coun Paul Middlebrough for the authority’s executive board to decide whether a review of the existing boundaries across Wychavon should be carried out.

Should council chiefs agree to examine the matter further, the council will contact the Local Government Boundary Commission to carry out a review into the boundaries and the amount of elected members on the authority.

Wychavon reduced the amount of councillors from 49 to 45 in time for the 2003 elections and any changes would not take place until the elections in May 2023.

Coun Middlebrough told the council meeting his proposal was a ‘straightforward debate’.

“This is about democracy, the right balance and fairness of representation, nothing more than that,” he said.

“It will be 20 years of change, the various developments are changing the size of our district and also changing the balance of where the population lives.

“The question is do we have the right number of councillors and are the ward boundaries in the right place and the right size. Many councils across the country have reduced the number of councillors with some quite close to us reducing them quite dramatically.

Currently Wychavon’s 45 councillors serve 32 wards.

A Local Government Boundary Commssion review saw Bromsgrove District Council slash the number of councillors from 39 to 31 at the 2015 election.

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