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Have your say on Cornwall councillor numbers

13th June 2017

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is proposing that Cornwall Council should have 87 councillors in future.

A public consultation on the proposal opens today and will close at midnight on 7 August 2017.

The consultation is the first part of an electoral review of Cornwall Council. Later phases of the review will redraw electoral division boundaries for every county councillor.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “This is your chance to shape your council for the future.

“We have looked at information from the council and councillors about the way the authority takes decisions and sets priorities for Cornwall.

“The evidence suggests that a reduction in councillors would help the council improve the way it takes decisions and sets priorities for Cornwall. It would also reflect the council’s ambition to transfer responsibilities to Parish and Town Councils and for all levels of local government in Cornwall to work together effectively.

“But before we take a firm view, we want to hear local views.

“We want to know if you think 87 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 the county’s communities.

“Once we have taken a decision on the number of councillors, we will re-draw division boundaries to accommodate those elected members and we will ask local people to have their say during that process as well.”

Residents and local organisations can find out more at and can have their say by contacting:

Email: [email protected] 

By post:          

            The Review Officer (Cornwall)


            14th floor, Millbank Tower

            London SW1P 4QP

Go to the Commission’s online consultation portal at:

Follow the Commission on Twitter: @LGBCE


For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534 or email: [email protected]


1.    The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements: defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected.

2.    The Commission is carrying out an electoral review of Cornwall Council to deliver electoral equality for voters in local elections. The county currently has relatively high levels of electoral inequality where some councillors represent significantly more, or fewer, voters than other members of the council.  The review will redraw division boundaries so each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters.

3.    In this phase of consultation, the Commission is asking local people to consider whether 87 councillors is the right number for Cornwall and, if not, how many would better promote effective local government. Cornwall Council currently has 123 councillors. In coming to a conclusion on council size, the Commission is also asking people to consider the following types of questions:

  • Do you think 87 is the right number of councillors to be able to take decisions effectively?
  • Would a council size of 87 enable the Council to represent the interests of all Cornwall’s communities?
  • If you don’t agree that Cornwall should be represented by 87 councillors, what would your alternative number be, and why?

4.    This phase of consultation opens today (13 June 2017) and closes at midnight on 7 August 2017. The Commission will consider all consultation responses before announcing its view on the number of councillors for Cornwall in September 2017. At the same time, it will open a new consultation on division boundaries for the county. In March 2018, the Commission then plans to publish draft recommendations (for new division boundaries for the whole county) and will consult local people on them. Final recommendations (number of councillors and all division boundaries and names) are due to be published in July 2018. The new electoral arrangements would then come into effect at the scheduled county elections in May 2021.


13 June – 7 August 2017

Public consultation on number of councillors

September – December 2017

Public consultation on new division boundaries

March – May 2018

Public consultation on draft recommendations

July 2018

Final recommendations published

May 2021

New arrangements come into effect