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SALFORD COUNCILLORS COULD BE CUT IN BOUNDARY COMMISSION REVIEW
 

Star date: 20th April 2018

NUMBER OF COUNCILLORS COULD BE CULLED IN REVIEW OF WARDS

The number of Salford councillors could be cut in a sweeping review of the city by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England..."The review will re-draw ward boundaries across the city as well as deciding how many councillors should be elected to the council in total" said a spokesperson for the Commission.

Salford currently has three councillors per ward but, with new wards possibly emerging as the city grows, this might be cut to two per ward.

Full details hereÖ


Behind closed doors, and only being consulted on within the city's political parties, a sweeping review of Salford's local ward boundaries is currently happening.

The Salford Star reported in 2016* that Ordsall, in particular had outgrown itself with the influx of yuppies at MediaCityUK and along the waterfront. Every electoral ward in the city should have an 'average elector equality ratio' of 2,874 people.

The ratio is calculated by dividing the number of people eligible to vote in a ward by the number of councillors (three) who represent them. Wards are allowed a 30% variance above this figure, or 872 voters. Ordsall now has 11,384 potential voters, and an elector ratio of 3,794 which is 1,010 above the average, an imbalance which means that the ward could be split.

A Salford City Council report on the matter suggested that parts of Ordsall could be included in the Irwell Riverside ward, which is currently below the elector ratio by 273, with a possible knock on effect for Langworthy, Seedley and Weaste.

Other wards which are heading towards being overblown are Broughton and Little Hulton, which are currently 10% over the elector equality ratio.

The review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England is firstly to decide how many councilors should represent the city, and it's taking submissions on this until 31st May from, what appears from a Council report in March, to be only the Labour and Conservative parties in the city. Indeed, Labour has its own 'electoral review group'.

The Salford Star understands that the number of councillors per ward could be cut to two, from the present three, as new wards emerge, although the actual number of councillors will be decided in June.

"The Commission is in the preliminary stage of an electoral review of Salford City Council" a spokesperson for the Local Government Boundary Commission for England told the Salford Star.

"The review will re-draw ward boundaries across the city as well as deciding how many councillors should be elected to the council in total" they added "We are currently gathering information to help us take a view on the number of councillors for Salford. We plan to make take a decision on councillor numbers and open a public consultation on ward boundaries for the whole city at the end of June."

Following this June consultation, recommendations by the Commission will be published in November, followed by another consultation, with the final recommendations published in March next year, to be in place for the 2020 local elections.


See also previous related Salford Star article: Salford Apartment Boom Means Ordsall Could Be Split Ė click here

Democracy is worth fighting for wrote
at 13:19:13 on 28 April 2018
Like Iíve said all along, there should be only one councillor per ward. The Labour Party in Salford want three per ward, because it would in theory take two local elections, provided everyone voted against labour, to unseat labourís control. Three councillors per ward virtually guarantees labourís unending control of Salford council. If it was one councillor per ward, we would have complete democracy, Labour could no long take the people of Salford for granted, they could lose control of the city within one election. Everyone in June, when it goes to public consultation needs to demand one councillor per ward, to restore democracy in Salford and to give back Salford its voice at election time. Please Salford star, keep the Salford people informed of this consultation or even better can you start on your site a petition for the electoral commission to have one councillor per ward to re establish democracy back to Salford. When the people fear our elected we have dictatorship, when the elected fear the people, we have democracy. The elected should always fear the people.

Linny loo wrote
at 19:12:38 on 23 April 2018
I have said for sometime we don't need to have so many councillor s. The council have been quick to close a lot of services that have deeply affected a lot of people most of whom are vulnerable/disabled. With all the cutting of services it should follow to cut the number of councillors on the payroll. Those that remain should have a pay cut or at leased their pay frozen. I'm sick of seeing their pay increased year on year

wrote
at 14:35:05 on 22 April 2018
I could name three from my ward that should be culled.

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