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The ruling Labour group are looking at cutting the 64 councillors across 23 wards to just 51 across 17 three member divisions.The main Conservative opposition is proposing 54 political representatives across 18 wards while the Liberal Democrats expect to see the final total of councillors fall to ‘the low 50s’. Blackburn with Darwen currently has 23 wards: 19 of those are represented by three councillors; Earcroft, Whitehall and North Turton with Tockholes are represented by two councils and a lone single councillor represents East Rural.“The Tory group will be putting forward its own proposals.” Liberal Democrat leader, Cllr David Foster, whose Whitehall ward will be redrawn and possibly abolished, said: “We are happy with this review.“I would expect the final number of councillors to be in the low 50s.Borough deputy leader, Cllr Andy Kay, said: “We shall bring proposals to the October full council forum for debate before submitting them to the commission.“Currently the Labour group is looking at 51 councillors across 17 three member wards.He said: “I welcome this proposal to cut the number of councillors and save cash.
THE number of councillors in Blackburn with Darwen is set to be slashed by a fifth saving more than £100,000-a-year.
A review of the size and number of the borough’s wards will begin in November with agreed changes taking effect at the next local elections in spring 2018.
“We have no problems with the reduction of the move to all wards have three members even though it affects Whitehall.” Apart from the initial 2018 election of all councillors, the borough will revert to electing one third of councillors at each local poll.
Blackburn with Darwen Older People’s Forum chairman Brian Todd, who in February called for the number of councillors to be cut by a third, welcomed the proposals and backed the 51 councillor option.
The Local Government Boundary Commission has been tasked with reducing the size of the council, reducing inequalities in the number of voters between wards and making all area represented by three members.
The review will lead to the often controversial redrawing, merging and renaming of wards.