Recommendations which will redraw the electoral boundaries in Richmondshire have been published today (4 April 2018).
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has put forward a reduction in councillors from 34 to 24 and a drop in wards from 24 to 16. Councillors would sit in one three councillor ward; six two councillor wards and nine single councillor wards.
The proposals come as a result of a request from Richmondshire District Councillors for a review of the boundaries – they believed that 34 councillors was too many to serve the district. The Commission’s plans have been the subject of widespread consultation with local people, parishes and councillors.
They will now go to Parliament for final approval – and will be in place for the district elections in May next year (2019).
Cllr Yvonne Peacock, Leader of Richmondshire District Council said: “We are pleased that the commission has confirmed that a reduction in numbers will still provide the right representation for the district’s residents. We recommended a drop to 24 councillors and that is the number being put forward for government approval.
“It is also pleasing to see that the commission has listened to the view of local members, parishes and residents, taking those views on board when proposing boundaries for the 16 new wards.”
For more information on the proposals visit: www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/yorkshire-and-the-humber/north-yorkshire/richmondshire
April 4, 2018