Have your say on Preston Council shake-up plans

Preston Town Hall
Preston Town Hall

A consultation on plans to reduce the number of councillors in Preston is underway.

The 10-week process is also asking for residents' views on new council wards, boundaries and names across the city.

The number of councillors serving at Preston City Council would be reduced from 57 to 48 if the recommendations are adopted.

Those 48 elected members would then represent 16 three-councillor wards.

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Local Government Boundary Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk
Chair of the commission, Prof Colin Mellors, said: "We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Preston and we are keen to hear what people think.

“Over the next 10 weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.

“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.

“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Preston and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.

“We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole city or just part of it.”

If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write to: The Review Officer (Preston), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th floor, Millbank Tower, London, SW1P 4QP

Or e-mail reviews@lgbce.org.uk. The consultation period ends on November 6.

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