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Suffolk's political borders could be reshaped under Electoral Commission plan

Five councillors could be out of a job under a proposal to change political boundaries in Suffolk.

Residents are currently being consulted on a plan to reshape the constitutional map to level-up the playing field so all elected councillors will have a similar number of constituents.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We want people in Suffolk to help us. We want to make sure these new electoral arrangements reflect communities.

How the ward boundaries could look under proposed reforms
How the ward boundaries could look under proposed reforms

“We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people. Residents and local organisations can help us do that.

“We would like them to let us know whether they agree with our proposals before we take final decisions.

“It’s easy to get involved. Just tell us what you think and give us some details why.”

A ten week consultation on the proposals will run to November 23.

Boundaries for all existing ward divisions would be set to enlarge or change to allow for the loss of council members.

Councillor Sarah Adams, Leader of the Labour Group at Suffolk County Council: “Given the immensely challenging situation we find ourselves in, it is sensible that any changes to the county council division boundaries will be put off until at least 2025. We all need to focus on the task before us without any unnecessary distractions.

“Frankly, the arguments over the number of councillors at Suffolk County Council pales into insignificance compared to what we are facing now – that debate can wait another day.”

To view and comment on the proposals, visit: www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/18495.

Comments can also be made by emailing: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

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