Ward boundary changes unveiled

February 01 2018

THE number of councillors on South Gloucestershire Council will be cut next year from 70 to 61. The elections in May 2019 will be fought on new ward boundaries, which have been created to take account of population shifts.

THE number of councillors on South Gloucestershire Council will be cut next year from 70 to 61. The elections in May 2019 will be fought on new ward boundaries, which have been created to take account of population shifts.

Because South Gloucester-shire’s overall population is set to rise, the changes will mean that the average number of electors served by each councillor will increase by 25 per cent, from 3,008 to 3,773 per councillor.

Final recommendations for the revised boundaries have been announced by the Local Government Boundary Commission. They are subject to formal confirmation by the parliamentary authorities.

Some familiar ward names, such as Rodway, Siston and Westerleigh, are destined to disappear while new ones will be created including Charlton & Cribbs and New Cheltenham.

The Hanham ward will have three councillors;  the wards of Kingswood, Longwell Green, New Cheltenham, Parkwall & Warmley and Woodstock will each have two.

Labour leader Pat Rooneysaid: “At a time when the council is cutting hundreds of jobs and those staff that remain are working harder, I feel that elected councillors should not be exempt. A reduction in the number of councillors will also help to reduce costs, although it will only make a tiny dent given the size of the black hole in the council’s finances.  Reducing the size of the council at a time of population growth was always going to trigger some big changes, and although I don’t like all of the proposals I do commend the Boundary Commission for their tidy solution overall.”