Feedback wanted on wards as Fylde councillor numbers cut

The number of Fylde councillors is on course to be reduced from the current 51 to 37 by the next election in 2023.

Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 12:01 am

The Local Government Boundary Commission has approved the reduction – and now wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area as it drafts new wards. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until April 5.

Professor Colin Mellors, chairman of the Commission, said: “We are starting to draw up new wards for Fylde and want our proposals for new electoral arrangements to reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.

“Residents and local organisations can help us understand community ties and identities at this early stage of the process.”

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The change is part of a Local Government Boundary Review which was triggered in Fylde because of electoral inequality resulting from residential development and population growth in particular areas.

Council leader Coun Karen Buckley said: “I am pleased to hear that the Boundary Commission has accepted in full the proposals from Fylde Council members to reduce the size of the council from 51 to 37 councillors and to streamline the committee system.

“Now we know the size of the council we can turn our attention to the warding arrangements. As we draw lines across the map of Fylde to create new wards our focus will be on equal representation and keeping communities together. The consultation is open to all so I hope many residents and partner organisations will take an interest and put forward their own proposals.”

The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can give their views: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/24729

People can also give their views by e-mail at [email protected], and by post to: The Review Officer (Fylde), LGBCE, PO Box 133, Blyth, NE24 9FE