Changes in store at election
Councillors and wards cut
VOTERS in South Bucks will elect fewer councillors to represent them when they go to the ballot box in May.
The South Bucks District Council elections take place on the same day as the general election, on May 7, 2015.
The district council is reducing the number of members from 40 to 28 and have altered the electoral boundaries to reflect the reduction in councillor numbers.
The change follows recommendations from the Local Government Boundary Commission.
The changes mean that in Gerrards Cross, for example, rather than the ward being split into three as it is now, with Gerrards Cross South, Gerrards Cross North and Gerrards Cross East and Denham South West as wards, there will simply be one, to be named the Gerrards Cross ward, with a total of three councillors representing it.
The total number of wards is being cut from 19 to 12, which means that some people will be voting at different polling stations from usual and will find themselves in a different ward.
The council says that while the changes are not financially motivated, there are likely to be benefits, with members’ allowances savings of £50,000 anticipated.
Council chief executive Alan Goodrum said although some councillors will lose their positions, he is expecting a positive response.
He said: “Councillors wanted to do this. It’s what the Boundary Commission came up with and it’s something that people wanted to see.
“There will be some councillors who will wish to retire or leave for other reasons.”
The review aims to ensure that each councillor will represent wards of a similar size population. Some councillors currently have larger wards than others. The boundary changes are expected to be rubber-stamped by parliament after January.
Council democratic and electoral services manager Kully Tumber said: “It’s going to be the most complicated elections ever in South Bucks and is the first time there has been parliamentary elections and local elections on the same day.
“It’s very important that we get the message out to people so they know what is happening.”
Visit www.getbucks.co. uk for maps of the new boundaries
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