GWYNEDD SET TO LOSE 6 COUNTY COUN­CIL­LORS

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

GWYNEDD is set to lose six county coun­cil­lors un­der pro­pos­als pre­sented by the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion for Wales.

The fi­nal re­port, which has now been pre­sented to the Welsh Government for ap­proval, rec­om­mends that the num­ber of county coun­cil­lors in Gwynedd should be cut from 75 to 69 af­ter the next elec­tions.

A series of bound­ary changes have also been pro­posed in a bid to even out the num­ber of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers across the pro­posed 65 elec­toral wards, with four set to elect two mem­bers each.

One of the big­gest shake-ups will be seen in Ban­gor, and is blamed on the num­ber of non­reg­is­tered vot­ers there.

Although it’s pro­posed that Gly­der and Dewi will re­main un­changed, the re­main­ing Dein­iol, Garth, Hen­dre, Hi­rael, Mar­chog, Me­nai and Pen­tir wards will be re­placed by the ‘Canol Ban­gor’ and ‘Dwyrain Ban­gor’ di­vi­sions, which will have two mem­bers each.

Also cre­ated will be the new “Y Faenol” ward, which will in­clude more ur­ban ar­eas.

The re­main­der of Pen­tir will join up with Aber, Llan­l­lechid and Llandy­gai as part of an amended Ar­l­lech­wedd ward.

Ac­cord­ing to the Lo­cal Democ­racy and Bound­ary Com­mis­sion for Wales, their fig­ures are based on the num­ber of reg­is­tered elec­tors and are meant to en­sure voter par­ity across the county – tar­get­ing an av­er­age of 1,208 vot­ers per councillor.

Claims by Ban­gor City Coun­cil that the city was tak­ing a dis­pro­por­tion­ate hit and its spe­cial sta­tus as a univer­sity town should be taken into ac­count fell on deaf ears.

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