The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has proposed that 16 councillors should be elected to the Council of the Isles of Scilly in the future: five fewer than the current arrangement.

Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year.


The recommendations propose that twelve councillors should represent St Mary’s with one councillor elected to each of the four off-islands.


The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament.


A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming weeks and the new arrangements will come into force at the council elections in 2017.


Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the local people who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.”

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