The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people how many councillors they think should represent South Ribble Council in the future.
The Commission is carrying out an electoral review of South Ribble Council to deliver electoral equality for voters in local elections.
The borough currently has relatively high levels of electoral inequality where some councillors represent significantly more, or fewer voters, than other members of the council.
The situation means that the value of people’s votes varies depending on where they live in South Ribble.
The six-week public consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will also consider changes to the number, names and boundaries of the council’s wards.
The Commission has considered evidence submitted to it by the council and is now consulting residents on a proposal that would see the authority represented by 50 councillors in future, five fewer than the current arrangements.
The Commission is asking local people whether they think 50 is the right number of councillors for South Ribble.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “This is your chance to shape your council for the future.
“We are asking people across South Ribble whether they agree that 50 councillors is the right number to represent the borough in the future.
“We want to know if you think 50 is the right number of councillors to be able to take decisions effectively and whether it’s the right number to represent the interests of all the borough’s communities.
“If you don’t agree that South Ribble should be represented by 50 councillors, we want you to tell us your alternative and why you think there should be more, or fewer, members of the council in the future.
“Once we have taken a view on the number of councillors, we will re-draw ward boundaries to accommodate those elected members and we will ask local people to have their say during that process as well.”
Further information about the review is available at www.lgbce.org.uk
Residents can have their say directly at consultation.lgbce.org.uk
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