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Thursday, October 25, 2012
The number of Breckland councillors could be cut as part of a Boundary Commission review of electoral arrangements in the district.
Representatives of the commission today told councillors the review was triggered because the population of two wards, Dereham Central and Templar, east of Watton, vary by more than 30pc from the district average.
Some members of the public suggested cutting the number of councillors to help the council save money at the recent series of Could We? Should We? public meetings about Breckland’s future.
The review will examine the number of councillors and the wards, as well as their names and boundaries.
Breckland Council currently has 54 members representing 36 wards, some of which, like Watton and Thetford Saxon, have three members, while others have one or two.
The review will aim to create wards with a population of no more than 10pc above or below the average for the district.
Commission representative Dr Peter Knight said: “Don’t think there is an agenda to reduce the council size, although most councils are going that way.”
The commission has asked the council to give its thoughts on the size of the council ahead of the formal review, due to start in February 2013.
The review is separate from the national review of constituencies for the Westminster parliament.