Have your say on plans to reduce number of councillors in Darlington

PLANNED CHANGES: Darlington Borough Council

PLANNED CHANGES: Darlington Borough Council

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter (Darlington)

AN independent commission is asking residents of a North-East town to comment on its draft proposals to cut its number of councillors.

A ten-week public consultation on the revised changes in Darlington begins today (Tuesday, March 11) and ends on May 20.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is recommending that Darlington Borough Council has 50 members in the future, three fewer than it currently has.

The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent ten two-member wards and ten three-member wards across Darlington.

The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on the proposed changes.

Max Caller, chairman of the commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Darlington and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“Over the next ten weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.

“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.

“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Darlington and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.

“We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole borough or just part of it.

For full details of the recommendations, visit lgbce.org.uk

To make comments, either email reviews@lgbce.org.uk or write to The Review Officer (Darlington), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG.

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5:30am Tue 11 Mar 14

DP20 says...

Can we also have our say on curring the highly overpaid list of directors to, they are a bigger concern than reducing councillors in this town, seriously how many directors does on council need, major corporations operate with one.:-(
Can we also have our say on curring the highly overpaid list of directors to, they are a bigger concern than reducing councillors in this town, seriously how many directors does on council need, major corporations operate with one.:-( DP20
  • Score: 24

5:36am Tue 11 Mar 14

DP20 says...

Apologise and before any one pipes up, it should say cutting, blinking thing spells what it fancies :-)
Apologise and before any one pipes up, it should say cutting, blinking thing spells what it fancies :-) DP20
  • Score: 7

8:51am Tue 11 Mar 14

miketually says...

The link doesn't work. Use this: http://www.lgbce.org
.uk/all-reviews/nort
h-east/durham/darlin
gton-fer

No ongoing review though?
The link doesn't work. Use this: http://www.lgbce.org .uk/all-reviews/nort h-east/durham/darlin gton-fer No ongoing review though? miketually
  • Score: -1

1:51pm Tue 11 Mar 14

bones26 says...

DP20 wrote:
Apologise and before any one pipes up, it should say cutting, blinking thing spells what it fancies :-)
culling would be more appropriate .
[quote][p][bold]DP20[/bold] wrote: Apologise and before any one pipes up, it should say cutting, blinking thing spells what it fancies :-)[/p][/quote]culling would be more appropriate . bones26
  • Score: 4

3:27pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Erasmus-0 says...

I'm all for it, start with Bill Dixon.
I'm all for it, start with Bill Dixon. Erasmus-0
  • Score: 16

4:48pm Tue 11 Mar 14

oliviaden6 says...

Bill Dixon is top of my list for cutting? What i cannot understand is that a city like Leeds is twice the size of Darlington if not treble the size and it has i believe half the councilors of Darlington, now at the risk of being flooded by abuse WHY????
Yes i agree they need culling but culling in a elective manner, not a cull for the sake of Bill Dixons wishes.
And while were at have a revue of the senior management that needs a cull also.
Bill Dixon is top of my list for cutting? What i cannot understand is that a city like Leeds is twice the size of Darlington if not treble the size and it has i believe half the councilors of Darlington, now at the risk of being flooded by abuse WHY???? Yes i agree they need culling but culling in a elective manner, not a cull for the sake of Bill Dixons wishes. And while were at have a revue of the senior management that needs a cull also. oliviaden6
  • Score: 18

7:45pm Tue 11 Mar 14

hogworth says...

How about 1 councillor per ward or if more councillors, knock 2 wards into one and cut the number of directors by 80
How about 1 councillor per ward or if more councillors, knock 2 wards into one and cut the number of directors by 80 hogworth
  • Score: 6

10:00am Wed 12 Mar 14

gary123 says...

50! we only need 10. 2 each for north, south, east, west, and central areas, forget wards. Then they might do a weeks graft. And we might get better value.
50! we only need 10. 2 each for north, south, east, west, and central areas, forget wards. Then they might do a weeks graft. And we might get better value. gary123
  • Score: 8

1:16pm Wed 19 Mar 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

We dontt need any of them. They're all corrupt, all thieves and all worse than useless.
We dontt need any of them. They're all corrupt, all thieves and all worse than useless. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 1

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