Now locals can have their say

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Residents could be going to the polls in four years’ time to elect 12 fewer district councillors if current recommendations by the Boundary Commission are accepted.

The commission is currently asking people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Ely-based East Cambridgeshire District Council which also covers part of Newmarket.

The commission has said it is minded to recommend the council should have 27 councillors – 12 fewer than the currently. Chairman Max Caller said: “The starting point of an electoral review is for the commission to take a view on the number of councillors that should represent the authority in future.

“On the evidence presented to the commission, we are minded to recommend that East Cambridgeshire should have 27 councillors.

“We are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for East Cambridgeshire. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.”

Residents have until August 31 to give their views about ward boundaries. The commission will publish its draft recommendations in November ahead of a further phase of consultation.

For more information go to www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk