Elected members for South Norfolk Council should remain at the same level

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Councillors have recommended that the number of elected members on their local authority remains at the same level.

South Norfolk Council's electoral review committee has recommended that the council should keep all of its 46 councillors.

Yesterday's committee meeting was called after the council was asked to consider what it thought was the appropriate amount of elected members it had by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.

The council had drawn up two options to be looked at for implementation by 2019 – keeping the present number of 46 councillors or reducing that number to 39, the minimum it is said is needed to run the authority.

Yesterday's committee recommended the first option.

The council has until April 12 to send a draft submission to the boundary commission, which will make the decision on council numbers.

Papers discussed yesterday said that in 2022 if there were still 46 councillors they would represent on average 2,556 of the electorate, while if there were 39 members elected they would represent 3,014 electors.

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