Lichfield District Council's offices. Pic: Lichfield District Council

A cut in the number of councillors across Lichfield and Burntwood has been welcomed by a local residents’ group.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has confirmed there will be nine less representatives on Lichfield District Council after the 2015 election.

Lichfield District Council’s offices. Pic: Lichfield District Council

The axe will fall on two posts in Lichfield, three in Burntwood and four in the rural areas of the district.

Bob Smith, chairman of the Beacon Street Area Residents’ Association said the consultation process proved the need for a reduction.

“Residents overwhelmingly support cutting the number of councillors. The LGBCE said that out of 35 submissions received, only two (by Conservative and Labour councillors) argued against a cut.”

The group had called for a greater cull, with the number dropping from 56 to 40 rather than the 47 that has now been recommended.

And Mr Smith said fewer councillors could lead to improved standards in the level of training they are given.

“The bill for losing the recent Hepwoth’s planning appeal was £30,000,” he said. “This shows how expensive ignoring the advice of officers can be, especially when not enough has been spent on councillor training.”

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