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One month to have your say on plans to axe 18 councillor jobs

PUBLISHED: 09:23 07 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:23 07 March 2016

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Bexley residents are invited to comment on proposals for new council ward boundaries

People across Bexley are being reminded to comment on draft proposals for new council ward boundaries, which are putting the jobs of 18 councillors under threat.

An eight-week public consultation on the recommendations began last month and is open to anyone who wants to have their say until April 4.

Recommendations by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission propose that Bexley should have 45 councillors in the future, 18 fewer than the current total.

These 45 would then represent 11 three-member wards, five two-member wards and two single-member wards across the borough.

Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the commission, said: “We are asking local people to log on to our website and have a look at our proposals for new boundaries across Bexley.

“We are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations and to tell us if they agree with the proposals.

“If you don’t agree with the boundaries we have drawn, we would like to hear your alternatives.

“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in elections to Bexley council.

“This means that each councillor represents a similar number of electors so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.

“We also aim to ensure that the council’s wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of local communities across Bexley.”

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the commission’s website at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.

Hard copies of the report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings and libraries.

To make a submission to the commission, write to: The Review Officer (Bexley), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th floor, Millbanks Tower, London SW1P 4QP, or email reviews@lgbce.org.uk.

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