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North Dorset residents asked their views on councillor numbers

By DavidBol  |  Posted: January 09, 2013

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North Dorset residents are being asked how many councillors they think should represent them

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North Dorset residents are being asked how many councillors they think should represent them.

North Dorset District Council currently has 33 councillors - but the Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking locals for their views on whether this number should change.

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 if they agree that 33 councillors is still the right number to represent North Dorset in future.

"We want to know if you think 33 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 North Dorset's communities."

The consultation will last six weeks, and is the first part of an electoral review - which will also look at changes to the number, names and boundaries of the council's wards.

"If you don't think that North Dorset should be represented by 33 councillors, 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." added Mr Caller.

"Once we have taken a view on the number of councillors for North Dorset, we will re-draw ward boundaries to accommodate those elected members and we will be asking local people to have their say during that process as well."

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