South Northants to lose two of its nine county councillors

editorial image
Share this article

SOUTH Northants could lose two of its nine representatives at Northants County Council following a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBCE).

Currently there are 73 elected councillors representing the county but in January, the LGBCE confirmed the optimum number of councillors for the county is 57.

The changes have been proposed by NCC to account for demographic changes and the need to have roughly the same number of voters in each county division.

While the review has not been instigated to save money, it does have the potential to save around £250,000 over the next four years.

NCC leader Jim Harker said: “Over the past few months, councillors have attended workshops to consider changes to the boundaries of the council’s electoral divisions. It was important to make sure that the local knowledge and understanding councillors have of their own divisions and communities were fed into the review.

“The proposals submitted to the Boundary Commission aim to ensure that each county councillor represents approximately the same number of people and ensuring that the new electoral divisions reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across the county.”

The council’s proposals have now been sent to the Boundary Commission which will consider this submission and other responses. The commission will consult on its recommendations during the summer.

Visit the LGBCE website to view details of NCC’s submission alongside responses from political parties, borough, town and parish councils and members of the public.

NCC have proposed the following reductions:

South Northants - nine to seven

Corby - six to five

Daventry - eight to seven

East Northants - nine to seven

Kettering - 10 to eight

Northampton - 23 to 17

Wellingborough - eight to six

Total - 73 to 57