Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C

Search

Suffolk Coastal: District council looking to save £100,000 and reduce number of councillors by a fifth

10:00 23 February 2013

Suffolk Coastal District Council is recommending its members are reduced from 55 to 43

Suffolk Coastal District Council is recommending its members are reduced from 55 to 43

Archant

A DISTRICT authority is recommending the number of councillors on its books be reduced by just over a fifth – saving around £100,000.

shares

Following a request from Suffolk Coastal the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is looking at a possible shake-up of the council.

As part of this the district authority is recommending its members be reduced from 55 to 43 – the equivalent of one councillor for every 2,300 electors.

The aim is to try and ensure each councillor is representing roughly the same number of people.

Reviews are triggered when the ratios become too distorted, as is the case in Kesgrave East and Rendlesham, whose councillors are representing 40% more electors than the district average.

Other areas such as Martlesham, Felixstowe, Rushmere St Andrew and Saxmundham are also expected to see future electoral growth.

The reduction in numbers is predicted to save the authority around £100,000. The draft proposal – drawn up by a cross-party working group – will be discussed at a meeting of the full council on Thursday.

If agreed it will be sent to the LGBCE before public consultation from April to June, after which it will announce its preferred option ahead of further consultations about possible new ward boundaries and names. Parliament would then be asked to approve its recommendations late next year ready for May 2015.

The draft response to the LGBCE says: “In all the circumstances, the council’s working group and the council have concluded that the size of the council should be reduced to 43 councillors.

“The council is confident that a council size of 43 councillors will ensure that the business of the council is delivered in the most efficient manner possible, whilst also providing the flexibility to address future challenges, and the sustainability to represent the diverse electorate of Suffolk Coastal.”

shares

4 comments

  • Suffolk Coastal has 124,000 population and 55 councillors. The City of Suffolk, Virginia has 86,000 and 8. Elections there are a big deal, all council sessions are televised locally, and most people know who their councillor is. Hmm...

    Report this comment

    Charles Macdowell

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • That seems a very sensible idea as Babergh DC have 43 councillors and Mid Suffolk DC have 40 councillors. It is great to see cross-party support in that district as the LibDems at national level have voted against fair and even constituencies. The present national boundaries have a strong Labour bias which would have been reduced had the LibDems not voted against it in Parliament.

    Report this comment

    John Whitehead

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • You could save far more money by scrapping the council completely. Responsibility for services could be devolved upwards to the county council, or downwards to town councils. Almost all district councillors are a total waste of space and money.

    Report this comment

    Origami Penguin

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • My experience is that the number of councillors could be reduced to about a Bakers Dozen and there'd still be too many. A complete waste of money, both in Suffolk Coastal and every other District council in the country. It's a shame the Boundary Committee review in 2008 didn't do away with all District Councils and give us Ipswich Borough, with East and West Suffolk.

    Report this comment

    T Doff

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Roadworks at the junction of Handford Road and Portman Road in Ipswich.

Ipswich leaders have voiced their outrage as a major Ipswich road is being dug up for the sixteenth time in ONE year – bringing chaos to parts of the town centre.

Police burglary investigation - stock photo

A burglar who targeted elderly people living in sheltered housing accomodation in Suffolk and Essex has been jailed for seven years.

Jo Churchill has heard many concerns about Syrian refugees.

Three Suffolk MPs have added their calls for Britain to join other European countries in offering more Syrian refugees a safe haven.

The Woodbridge Heritage Group are campaigning against the proposed relocation of

Campaigners fighting for a statue to remain in the town where it has stood for 35 years have received backing from a relative of its original benefactor.

Web fire

A primary school has been forced not to open this morning for the first day of term after a blaze broke out in the early hours of this morning.

The female driver of the car was not injured but shaken.

A lorry reportedly failed to stop after colliding with a car on the A14 near the Wherstead turnoff.

Cars for sale at the roadside

Trading Standards experts have revealed the top 10 most frequent consumer complaints.

From left to right: Moira Ely, Leah Fuller and Colin Ely presenting the cheque for £2,000 to St Elizabeth Hospice after Colin's bungee jump in July

An Ipswich landlady has vowed to follow in the footsteps of her extraordinary dad – and tackle a charity bungee jump for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Mars

A physicist who worked on a high-resolution camera that sent images back from Mars has turned his hand to writing.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages