The Boundary Committee for England has recommended an increase in council size from 56 to 57 councillors and a reduction in wards from 27 to 26 in Crewe and Nantwich.
Following a two year long review aimed at trying to ensure that each district councillor represents roughly the same number of electors, the Committee has recommended that the number of sitting councillors increases by one to provide greater representation for local people. The recommendations take account of predicted electoral growth of 6 per cent between 2004 and 2009.
The Committees final recommendations follow an extensive consultation period during which the views of local people and other interested groups such as political parties, community associations and the Council itself were sought.
A number of factors were taken into consideration in formulating the recommendations for Crewe and Nantwich, including identities and interests of local communities, expected electorate growth over a five year period and the geography of the area.
The Committees final recommendations are now passed to the Electoral Commission who will not make an Order implementing these recommendations until August 2007.
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Notes to editors:
1. The Boundary Committee for England is a statutory committee of the Electoral Commission and is responsible for conducting electoral reviews of local authorities.
2. The review of Crewe and Nantwich began on 6 September 2005 when the Committee invited initial proposals from interested parties in the area.
3. The report can be viewed at: