Kent

Shepway District Council could lose 16 councillors

A council in Kent has been told it should have 16 fewer councillors, with residents now being asked to help in drawing up new ward boundaries.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England said it is "minded to recommend" the council should have 30 councillors in future.

It has appealed to organisations and residents for their views on where the boundaries should be.

The commission said it would publish draft recommendations in June.

Max Caller, chairman of the commission, said: "On the evidence presented to the commission, we are minded to recommend that Shepway should have 30 councillors in future.

"We are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for the district."

A spokeswoman for the council said: "The council is very disappointed with the conclusion of the commission's review and unanimously opposed that level of reduction.

"However, the decision has been made and we will now move forward and take part in the review of boundaries."

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