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Hillingdon Council welcomes commission's proposal to reduce the number of councillors across the borough and encourages local people to have their say

News release: 28/8/18 - Today (Tuesday 28 August) the Local Government Boundary Commission for England recommended a reduction in Hillingdon councillors by 12, from 65 to 53, and launched a public consultation on its proposals.

The independent body's recommendations follow its review of the borough's electoral arrangements in relation to the number of councillors elected to the council. The commission will also now consider the number and name of wards, the ward boundaries and the number of councillors per ward.

Hillingdon is part of the commission's three-year review of 25 London boroughs, and any changes to boundaries must meet legal requirements, including a consistent number of electors per councillor and strong ward boundaries that accurately reflect communities.

Councillor Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council, said: "Hillingdon is a lively, thriving and popular place to live and work, but the council's decision-making structures are out of touch with the way in which local government operates today. Despite having only the 11th largest electorate, Hillingdon has the third largest amount of elected councillors amongst all the London boroughs. This is unnecessary. The council's electoral structure has not altered since 1999, but vast improvements in digital communications now allow councillors to handle complex cases more quickly and efficiently."

The commission is now encouraging local residents to have their say on where the Hillingdon ward boundaries should be drawn in the first of two consultations on their proposals. The consultation is open until Monday 5 November and members of the public can provide their feedback online or in writing by:

The commission will then publish its draft recommendations in January 2019 and begin a second phase of consultation with local people. New wards are scheduled to come into effect at the 2022 council elections.

For further information, visit www.lgbce.org.uk »

Notes for editors

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of councils' external boundaries and structures.

The commission has a legal duty to conduct an electoral review of every local authority in England from time to time. Like many other London boroughs, Hillingdon has not undergone a review since 1999. The commission has therefore decided to complete a review before the next scheduled London local elections in 2022.

For further information contact the commission's press office on 0330 500 1250 or email press@lgbce.org.uk.

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