Councillors are set to decide on new ward boundaries in Lichfield and Burntwood.
Lichfield District Council has identified a number of changes it hopes will meet the alterations demanded by the Local Government Boundary Commission of England (LGBCE).
A report by the LGBCE recommended reducing the local authority’s members from 56 to 47.
But to achieve that, the council also needs to redraw ward boundaries so that councillors represent roughly the same amount of voters.
The draft plan, set to be debated by a meeting of the council’s regulatory and licensing committee tomorrow (February 18), recommended moving voters between different areas, the merger of some wards and the creation of others.
Changes proposed by the ruling Conservative group include:
- Boley Park ward – reduction of councillors from three to two, with parts of the ward transferring to Stowe.
- Chadsmead ward – boundary change to include part of the current Curborough ward.
- Curborough ward – reduced number of councillors from three to two.
- Boney Hay and Central ward – four councillors on current Boney Hay and Burntwood Central wards to merge with future representation by three councillors.
- Summerfield and All Saints ward – previous wards to be merged, with three councillors representing instead of the current four.
- Streethay – creation of a new ward with one representative which “takes into account future housing development in the area”.
- Armitage with Handsacre – ward to include the village of Kings Bromley
- Bourne Vale – current ward to include Drayton Basset.
- Fazeley – to become a ward of two councillors instead of the current three.
- Mease Valley – new ward – formed from the break up of the Mease and Tame ward – to be represented by one councillor.
- Stonnall with Wall ward – current ward to take in Wall area from the Shenstone ward.
- Whittington and Tame ward – Merging Whittington and part of the Mease and Tame ward. Represented by two councillors (the Whittington ward currently has two and the Mease ward has one).
While many of the changes to the Lichfield city wards have been agreed in principle by the opposition Labour group, there are differences of opinion over the some rural areas.
Among the changes they have called for are a merger of the Shenstone and Stonnall ward, a new two councillor ward for Colton & the Ridwares with Kings Bromley and Longdon, retention of the Mease and Tame ward, Fazeley to be represented by two councillors instead of three and the creation of a new two councillor ward of Little Aston with Bourne Vale.
Full details of the proposals, together with options for revised ward boundaries can be seen on the Lichfield District Council website.