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South Hams District Council could lose 25% of its members

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 11, 2013

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The number of politicians at a Devon council could be scaled back by a quarter under an electoral review.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking residents how many councillors they think should represent South Hams District Council in the future.

The Commission has considered evidence submitted by the authority and political groups and is now consulting locals on a proposal that would see the authority represented by 30 members in future, 10 fewer than now.

A six-week public consultation is the first part of a process which will also consider changes to the number, names and boundaries of council wards.

Max Caller, chairman of the Commission, said: "We want to know if people think 30 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 South Hams' communities.

"If people don't agree that South Hams should be represented by 30 councillors, we want them to tell us their alternative and why they think there should be more, or fewer, members of the council in the future."

A redrawing of council boundaries is set to follow.

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