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More Town Councillors For Dorchester?


8:33am 22nd April 2014

Plans to take councillors away from parts of Dorchester and have more of them serve the expanding north of the town look likely to be criticised at a special meeting of Dorchester Town Council tonight.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England's (LGBCE) review of electoral arrangements for Dorchester proposes the town keeps its existing 20 town councillors, despite predictions the population will increase by 3,000 by 2019.

Currently each of the four sectors, North, East, South and West, have 5 councillors each.

The LGBCE want this re-distributed because of the big growth of proposed housing in the North of the town so that 8 councillors serve there, with each of the other sectors being reduced from 5 to 4 councillors for the period up to the year 2023.

Three alternative solutions will be put before the meeting with the total number of councillors ranging from 18 to 23, all with the North ward having additional councillors but a lower percentage of the total seats.

If Dorchester Town council reject the LGBCE proposal they have to write to them with the reasons for dismissing their ideas and justifying their chosen option over all the others.

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