Back­ing to add more county coun­cil­lors

Bangor Mail - - News -

PRO­POS­ALS that would in­crease An­gle­sey’s elected mem­bers from 30 to 35 have cleared their first hur­dle.

The author­ity’s Demo­cratic Ser­vices Com­mit­tee ap­proved the find­ings of a cross­party panel of coun­cil­lors, which rec­om­mended rip­ping up the ex­ist­ing bound­aries.

An­gle­sey has the fewest county coun­cil­lors in Wales, hav­ing seen its num­bers cut from 40 af­ter a ma­jor shake up in 2011 dur­ing con­trol by Welsh Gov­ern­ment ap­pointed com­mis­sion­ers.

In re­sponse to a con­sul­ta­tion by the Lo­cal Democ­racy and Bound­ary Com­mis­sion, the coun­cil rec­om­mended re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing 11 mul­ti­mem­ber wards with 14.

Cllr Bob Parry said: “In my view the rec­om­men­da­tions are per­fectly fair and will cer­tainly, in many wards, mean mem­bers have a fairer num­ber of con­stituents to rep­re­sent and com­mu­nity or town coun­cils to at­tend.”

The rec­om­men­da­tions will need to be rat­i­fied by a meet­ing of the full coun­cil be­fore they are then sent to the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion for re­view.

A fi­nal rec­om­men­da­tion for An­gle­sey is ex­pected to be pub­lished in early 2021 ahead of the 2022 lo­cal elec­tions.

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