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Number of councillors at Suffolk County Council could drop by five under new proposal

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The number of councillors at a Suffolk authority looks set to reduce by five in the face of calls for the numbers to be increased.

The Conservative and Labour groups at Suffolk County Council have made their submission to the Boundary Commission for England, which proposes to reduce the number of councillors from 75 to 70.

Conservative county council leader Matthew Hicks said it was an appropriate number for the authority.

Endeavour House, Ipswich (14973115)
Endeavour House, Ipswich (14973115)

“We have put together a very detailed submission and we believe 70 is the number this council can operate with.

“We have got all areas of the authority making savings, so there’s no harm in councillors playing their part.

“The most important thing is the work has been done to show the number of councillors with which this authority can run and our electors are well represented.”

If the changes go ahead, it would see each councillor represent an average of 8,370 electors each.

All parties were expected to back the revised number, but the Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent group has instead made its own submission calling for the number to increase to 80.

Group leader Penny Otton said: “Fewer councillors means less representation for each citizen. With a growing population in Suffolk, this is going to become more and more important.”