Eight councillors to be axed under boundary commission plans for Doncaster

Boundary changes planned  for Doncaster Council Council. Map published by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England
Boundary changes planned for Doncaster Council Council. Map published by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Doncaster Council would have eight fewer councillors under the latest plans for re-organising the authority published today by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England.

The commission is recommending Doncaster loses eight councillors, as it opens a new phase of public consultation on new council ward boundaries across the borough, after making changes to its original proposals.

The Commission is putting forward several changes to the proposals it previously put forward in May 2014. In particular, it has changed its original proposal to divide the village of Edenthorpe between two wards. Instead, the new recommendations suggest that the whole village is included in a ward with Kirk Sandall.

Elsewhere in the borough, the Commission has made amendments to its original proposals in the northern and western parts of Doncaster to ensure that local parishes which share community interests and identities are included in the same ward, especially in rural parts of the borough.

The Commission is also proposing that Doncaster Council should have 55 councillors in future: a reduction of eight from the current arrangement. The Commission had previously proposed that the council should have 54 councillors but has found that an additional councillor will help it draw up a pattern of wards which better reflects community identities in Doncaster.

Residents can view – and comment on - the proposals and interactive maps by logging on to www.lgbce.org.uk.

Earlier this year, the Commission held a public consultation on new ward boundaries across the borough. Residents now have another opportunity to have their say on new recommendations published by the Commission today.

The consultation will close on October 24 2014.

The Commission says it has listened to the views put to it during the previous phase of consultation and now proposes to make substantial changes to the plans it put forward earlier this year. Due to the significance of the proposed changes, the Commission has re-opened its consultation with local people to see what they think of the recommendations.

Max Caller CBE, chairman of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England said: “We listened carefully to all the views put to us during the previous consultation and have made a series of changes to the original recommendations. We are now asking local people to have their say on the revised proposals.

“There were some strong arguments made to us by local people that alternative wards would better reflect community interests and identities as well as delivering electoral equality for Doncaster voters. That is why we are now putting new recommendations forward for consultation.

“We are asking local people to log on to our website to tell us what they think about these proposals before we publish final recommendations in November.”