Fewer councillors in ward makeover

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 August 2014

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THE number of councillors in North Somerset is set to be reduced due to a boundary shake-up.

The boundary changes

Ward name Number of People per People per

councillors cllr 2013 cllr 2019

Banwell & Winscombe: 2 3,091 3,130

Blagdon & Churchill: 1 3,136 3,170

Congresbury & Puxton: 1 3,144 3,180

Hutton & Locking: 2 2,690 3,697

Weston Bournville: 2 3,184 3,289

Weston Central: 2 3,092 3,158

Weston Hillside: 2 3,264 3,482

Weston Kewstoke: 2 3,358 3,434

Weston Mid Worle: 1 3,166 3,253

Weston Milton: 2 3,386 3,493

Weston North Worle: 2 3,121 3,180

Weston South Worle: 2 2,956 3,541

Weston Uphill: 2 3,260 3,344

Weston Winterstoke: 2 2,353 3,417

Wick St Lawrence &

St Georges: 1 3,466 3,485

Wrington: 1 3,317 3,372

Yatton: 2 3,269 3,406

On Tuesday, the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for North Somerset Council.

New boundaries for each council ward across the region have been drawn, meaning some areas being arranged into new partnerships.

For example, St Georges will now be in a ward with Wick St Lawrence instead of Banwell and Winscombe, while Puxton and Congresbury will now be combined.

The Yatton ward will encompass Kingston Seymour and Kenn, while the Wrington ward will also encompass Cleeve, Butcombe and Brockley.

Blagdon, Churchill and Burrington will come under one ward, while in Weston the Coronation estate will move to be part of the Uphill ward.

The number of representatives will be reduced from 61 to 50, with each councillor predicted to be representing 3,400 people instead of the 3,100 average currently.

It is also recommended those councillors should represent 20 single-member wards and 15 two-member wards across the region.

Chair of the commission Max Caller said: “Across the district, we have sought to balance the views expressed to us by local people with the criteria we must apply when we are deciding on new electoral arrangements.

“As such, we believe these recommendations deliver electoral equality for voters as well as reflecting the identities of communities across North Somerset.”

The pattern of smaller rural wards is aimed to provide a better reflection of community identities.

The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament over the coming months.

The new electoral arrangements will come into force at the council elections in May 2015.

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