Doncaster voters have until next February to have their say on proposals for new council ward boundaries which will slash the number of elected members.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England today announces that it is ‘minded’ to recommend that the council should have 54 councillors in the future, instead of the current 63.
The Commission now needs the views of people and groups across Doncaster to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate nine fewer councillors.
In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters.
The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Doncaster.
Max Caller, chair of the Commission, said: “We are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for the borough. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters. Your views will make a difference.
“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether your ideas for new ward boundaries apply to the whole of Doncaster or just a small part of it.”
Local people have until February 3, 2014, to submit their views on new council wards for Doncaster. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.
Residents will have a further chance to have their say after the Commission publishes its draft recommendations in April 2014.
New wards are scheduled to come into effect at the 2015 local elections.