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Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary or affected interests in respect of any matter to be considered at this meeting.
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There were no declarations of interest.
To approve the recommended preferred Council size submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) which is undertaking an electoral review of the Council. The draft submission has been developed by a cross-party Boundary Review Working Group working with officers.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) was undertaking an electoral review of the Council which has two stages; the first determines the Council size and the second will look at future warding patterns. The Council considered the recommendation from the cross-party Boundary Review Working Group that the Council proposed to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) that, with effect from the Borough elections in 2023, the size of the Council should be 40 elected Members. The submission had full cross party support.
On the proposition of Councillor Birch, Chairman of the Boundary Review Working Group, seconded by Councillor Temperton, Labour Group leader
it was RESOLVED that the cross-party Boundary Review Working Group recommendation to propose a future Council size of 40 to the LGBCE be agreed and the supporting information at Annex A of the agenda report be approved for submission to the Commission by 15 November 2019.
Vote of thanks to Boundary Review Working Group
Councillor Bettison OBE delivered a vote of thanks to the cross-party Boundary Review Working Group and the officers who have supported the preparation of the submission proposal.