Local Government Boundary Commission for England says 87 Cornwall Councillors from 2021

Posted on: 26th September 2017

Local Government Boundary Commission for England says 87 Cornwall Councillors from 2021, a reduction of 36 from the current number of 123.

Today’s announcement follows an electoral review of Cornwall Council being carried out by the Commission to recommend the number of councillors and re-draw ward boundaries across Cornwall.

Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown

Cllr Malcolm Brown, the Chairman of the Council’s Electoral Review Panel said: “The number of councillors that should be on Cornwall Council from 2021 has been highly controversial ever since the Boundary Commission started its review last year.

“Many people in Cornwall, and a minority of Cornwall Councillors, have always wanted the number of councillors to be reduced significantly from the present size of 123, so the Commission’s proposal for there to be only 87 councillors has drawn some support.

“However, the majority of Cornwall Councillors, both before and after this year’s elections, strongly favoured a council size of 99 or more. The vast majority of Parish and Town Councils also want Cornwall Council to have 99 councillors or more. It’s disappointing the Boundary Commission has ignored their views. This is a very sad day for the representation of local people in  Cornwall.”

The Commission is now inviting people and groups across Cornwall to help  produce a new pattern of divisions to accommodate 87 councillors.

People have until 19 February 2018 to submit their views on how the new divisions for Cornwall will be drawn up. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing divisions can be found at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.