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Time running out for Lichfield and Burntwood residents to have a say on number of councillors

People living in Lichfield and Burntwood are running out of time to have their say on the amount of councillors needed to represent them.

The Local Government Boundary Commission has been running a consultation on the issue.

Lichfield District Council is currently made up of 56 councillors, but a review is examining whether the number is correct.

Ballot box. Pic: Anthony Karanja

Ballot box. Pic: Anthony Karanja

After receiving the views of local residents, the Commission will draw up proposals for new ward boundaries for the area in November, based on the recommended number of representatives.

The current consultation period ends on October 14.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “This is your chance to shape your council for the future.

“We are asking people across the district whether they agree that 56 councillors is still the right number to represent Lichfield.

“We want to know if you think 56 is the right number of councillors to be able to take decisions effectively and whether it’s the right number to represent the interests of all the district’s communities.

“If you don’t agree that Lichfield should be represented by 56 people, we want you to tell us your alternative and why you think there should be more, or fewer, members of the council in the future.”

Although Lichfield District Council has backed proposals to retain the number of representatives it currently has, not all believe it needs to remain as is.

Former Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Jackson, who currently serves on Lichfield City Council, believes the size of the authority could be slashed.

“I would cut the number of councillors by a third, he told LichfieldLive.

“We have small wards across Lichfield. There are three councillors representing wards with 6,000 or 7,000 electors, which is quite unnecessary.

“Other Councils have one councillor representing a ward with 20,000 people.”

More information about the review and consultation can be seen online, where residents can also have their say on the size of the council.

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