The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has today announced a recommendation to reduce the number of Isles of Scilly councillors from 21 to 16.
BOUNDARY COMMISSION CALLS FOR FEWER COUNCILLORS
The recommendations also propose that 12 councillors should represent St Mary’s with one councillor representing each of the off-islands.
The Commission is asking local people to comment on its recommendations and an eight-week public consultation begins today and will end on 25 November 2016.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for new electoral arrangements for the Council of the Isles of Scilly and we are keen to hear what local people think of them.
“The Commission has looked at evidence provided by the council and councillors which we believe points to a reduction in the total number of members of the council.
“We also believe that there is a strong case for the Off-Islands to maintain specific representation so the proposals mean that Bryher, St Agnes, St Martin’s, St Mary’s and Tresco all retain one councillor each.
“Over the next eight weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved”.
Chairman of Council Amanda Martin said: “We welcome the forthcoming public consultation as it will give islanders the opportunity to make their views known to the Boundary Commission”.
If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write before November 25 to:
The Review Officer (Isles of Scilly)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
14th floor, Millbank Tower
You can also email: and view the dedicated web page for the Isles of Scilly electoral review at www.lgbce.org.uk.