Agenda item

Local Government Boundary Commission – Council Size submission

Decision:

*RESOLVED –

 

That it be recommended to Full Council that the draft submission on Council size be submitted to the Local Government Boundary Commission as part of the full review of electoral boundaries within Chesterfield borough.

 

REASON FOR DECISION

 

To actively engage in the Local Government Boundary Commission review by submitting a proposal for Council size that ensures our governance arrangements support the Council’s needs and ambitions but also reflect our communities with the principle of locking in electoral fairness for the future.

Minutes:

The Service Director – Corporate presented a report seeking approval for the draft Chesterfield Borough Council submission on Council size as part of the Local Government Boundary Commission’s full review of electoral boundaries within the borough.

 

The Commission has a statutory duty to review every English local authority and it had been over 20 years since the last electoral review for Chesterfield borough. The review seeks to adjust electoral ward boundaries to correct inequalities in the average elected member ratio whilst also considering forecasts of future elector numbers.

 

Stage 1 of the review concentrates solely on Council size; the numbers of elected members per ward and warding boundaries would be considered and consulted upon during stage 2 of the review.

 

The draft submission was attached at Appendix 1 of the officer’s report and recommended reducing the number of elected members elected to Chesterfield Borough Council from 48 to 40.

 

*RESOLVED –

 

That it be recommended to Full Council that the draft submission on Council size be submitted to the Local Government Boundary Commission as part of the full review of electoral boundaries within

Chesterfield borough.

 

REASON FOR DECISION

 

To actively engage in the Local Government Boundary Commission review by submitting a proposal for Council size that ensures our governance arrangements support the Council’s needs and ambitions but also reflect our communities with the principle of locking in electoral fairness for the future.

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