Saturday, 28 October 2017

Strong Case For More Councillors on Houghton Regis Town Council


14 councillors represent electors on Houghton Regis Town Council.

In 1998 the National Association of Local Councils published its Circular 1126/1998 setting out guidance on the suggested number of parish councillors to be allocated depending on the size of the population represented. For a town the size of Houghton Regis, which had an electorate of 13,118 in September 2017, the circular indicates we ought to have 18-19 councillors.

And the Aston Business School in 1992 recommended between 13 and 21 councillors for electorates between 10,001 and 20,000.

The current allocation is 4 for Parkside (electorate 3,533); 4 for Tithe Farm (electorate 3,294), 6 for Houghton Hall (electorate 6,291).

So, at present, we have one councillor per 937 voters in Houghton Regis overall. Compared to Dunstable where it's one per 1,390. In Caddington it's one per 320. Leighton Linslade one per 1,492.Toddington 1 per 332.

By 2023 the forward planned electorate for Houghton Regis is expected to be 14,619, with most of that increase in Houghton Hall ward.

Central Bedfordshire |Council would like to hear the views of anyone who has a clear interest in this review or is impacted by its outcome as a resident. They are particularly interested in thoughts as to whether any changes to the current parish arrangements are needed.

The electoral arrangements for a new or existing parish council will come into force at the date of the next ordinary elections to the parish council in 2019.

CBC may make recommendations to the  Local Government Boundary
Commission for England to decide if related alterations should be made.

Queries regarding this Review should be directed to:
Democratic Services Manager
Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Bedfordshire
SG17 5TQ
Tel: 0300 300 4049
Alternatively, your submission may be emailed to:
cgr@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

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