Consultation begins on ward boundaries
Ward boundaries for district councillors will change from 2019.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has begun a consultation West Berkshire's ward boundaries.
Welcoming the consultation Councillor Graham Jones, Deputy Leader of West Berkshire Council:
"We're very grateful to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England for agreeing to review our ward boundaries. It's important that our boundaries are reviewed periodically to ensure they match population changes in West Berkshire.
"I'm particularly pleased that the Boundary Commission is minded to accept our recommendation that we have ten fewer councillors from 2019 as it will allow the Council to deliver savings whilst still effectively representing West Berkshire residents. At the moment, Councillors each represent around 2,200 people which is relatively low compared to other local authorities. With fewer Councillors, each will represent around 3,000 people.
"The Commission's next step is to review the ward boundaries and I hope that our residents will take part in this consultation and help shape the new boundaries for their communities. West Berkshire Council will be formally responding to the consultation as well to submit its own suggestion on what we feel the most appropriate boundaries would be."