Plans to have fewer councillors submitted

Civic Centre, West Paddock
Civic Centre, West Paddock

South Ribble could have five less councillors under plans that have had to be submitted to the Boundary Commission.

The item was discussed at last week’s full council meeting at West Paddock.

It was reported that the boundary committee for the authority had met back in November and a draft submission on the size of the council had to be decided.

However, council leader Coun Margaret Smith, said they had sent off the final plan.

The report said: “Members of the (Boundary) committee discussed the issues contained in the Local Government Boundary Commissions guidance document ‘Council size: Helping you make the strongest possible case to the commission’.

“They concluded a substantial variation from the existing council size was not desirable.

“During further discussions the chairman (Coun Margaret Smith) proposed a figure of 50 which was debated against the existing figure of 55.

“Following discussions the committee agreed although some members have been assuming no change from the existing number of 55, a reduction on 50 was acceptable.”

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