Backing to add more county councillors
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.