Somerset

Somerset County Council proposes councillor cuts

Somerset County Council wants to cut the number of councillors sitting at County Hall in Taunton.

A proposal to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) puts forward a drop from 58 to 55 by the next council elections in May 2013.

The council said it would save at least £40,000 a year and would see Taunton Deane, South Somerset and Mendip losing a constituency.

The LGBCE is due to make its decision on 9 August.

Chairman of the electoral review task and finish group, Councillor Alan Ham, said: "I think we have prepared a sound and sensible case for the Boundary Commission with a fair spread of councillors across Somerset.

"We decided to reduce the size of the council but not so much that the demanding workloads of county councillors could become very difficult to manage with large divisions in terms of both population and territory."

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