GWYNEDD SET TO LOSE 6 COUNTY COUNCILLORS
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.