Dorchester Town Council Rejects Plans To Change Councillor Numbers
8:13am 24th April 2014
Boundary Commission plans to have more councillors covering North Dorchester but have less in other parts of the town have been rejected by the Town council.
They've now written to the Local Government Boundary Commission England justifying why their plans to cope with Dorchester's growing population aren't fair to those living in the East, South and West of the town.
Currently Dorchester's served by 20 councillors, 5 in each sector.
But with most of the growth being in the North Ward, the commission wants to see 8 councillors there, taking one away from each of the other areas.
Town councillors dismissed the idea and have come up with two alternatives.
One sees the number of councillors reduced to 18: 6 in North Ward and 4 each in the others. The alternative is for 23 councillors, retaining the 8 in North ward that the LGBCE want to see, and the 5 each currently serving the rest of the Dorchester wards.