Northampton

Council electoral boundary changes proposed for Northamptonshire

People in Northamptonshire are being asked for their views on plans to change electoral boundaries across the county.

The changes would mean the number of county councillors would change from 73 to 57, saving up to £350,000 over four years.

The Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBC) wants comments on division boundaries and names.

The public consultation period will last for eight weeks, until 13 August.

'Fairer for councillors'

Max Caller, chair of the commission, said: "The review aims to deliver electoral equality for Northamptonshire's voters."

However, John McGhee, leader of the council's Labour opposition, said the plans would undermine the authority's accountability.

"We do not believe that 57 councillors is enough to get the proper representation for people in the county," he said.

Jim Harker, leader of the Conservative-controlled council, disagreed and said: "It will make it fairer for councillors because they will represent roughly the same amount of people on their patch."

The Liberal Democrats said they have agreed to the cuts in principle but new councillors would need more support.

"The new councillors would have bigger areas to cover and more people to see so a lot of thought will have to go into giving them better support," Lib Dem leader Brendan Glynane said.

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