News Release: Have your say on how many councillors should serve on Buckinghamshire Council
The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to know what residents and local organisations in Buckinghamshire think would be the ideal number of councillors to serve on the council. An eight-week consultation will run from 7 September to 2 November.
The Commission is the independent body that reviews electoral and boundary arrangements for local authorities. It does this to make sure that the arrangements are fair and that they help the council work effectively. It is reviewing Buckinghamshire as it is a newly established authority.
After consulting on the number of councillors that should serve on the council the Commission will then seek further local input that will help decide the wards for the council area.
The Commission is focussing on three proposals. The Council has proposed that there should be 120 councillors. The former county council proposed 98 councillors when the new unitary authority was being considered. Finally, a report commissioned by Buckinghamshire Business First in 2014 suggested a range of 65-80 councillors. The Commission considers at this stage that the upper limit of this range is more likely to ensure the long-term effectiveness of the council. However, it welcomes alternative views.
The Commission wants to know what people think about these proposals, and why.
Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We want people in Buckinghamshire to help us.
“We are considering how many councillors will be needed to make sure that the new Buckinghamshire Council operates effectively in the long-term.
Residents, local organisations, parish and town councils can all help us.
“It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us.
“Just tell us what you think and give us some details about why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved.”
Buckinghamshire Council was formed in April 2020. It combines the former Buckinghamshire County Council, South Bucks District Council, Chiltern District Council, Wycombe District Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council into a single authority.
The Council currently has 147 councillors, with three elected from each of the previous county council electoral divisions. This is an interim arrangement. Following the Commission’s review, long-term arrangements will apply from local elections in 2025. There will be no changes to the external boundaries of parishes.
The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can read the consultation document and give their views: https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/buckinghamshire/buckinghamshire-council.
People can also give their views by e-mail at [email protected], and by post:
Review Officer (Buckinghamshire)
PO Box 133
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For further information contact the Commission’s press office on 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email [email protected]
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent body accountable to Parliament. It recommends fair electoral and boundary arrangements for local authorities in England. In doing so, it aims to
• Make sure that, within an authority, each councillor represents a similar number of electors
• Create boundaries that are appropriate, and reflect community ties and identities
• Deliver reviews informed by local needs, views and circumstances