Cambridgeshire County Council leader Count could lose seat if boundary changes go ahead

Cllr Steve Count.Picture: Steve Williams.

Cllr Steve Count.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The leader of Cambridgeshire County Council could lose his seat without a vote being cast if proposed boundary changes go ahead.

Cambridgeshire is represented by 69 councillors but this number could drop to 63 following The Local Government Boundary Commission’s electoral review.

Under these proposals, Fenland would lose one councillor. The ward facing the axe is March North, which is represented by council leader Steve Count.

It is also the newest ward, having been created in 2005. Its first county councillor, John West, was reelected in 2009 but died a year later.

Cllr Count said: “The number is not set in stone and commissions can change their mind one or two seats countywide either up or down.


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“At 63 Fenland will lose one county councillor. The division most under populated in the 2020 predictions is March North. “This means the most likely outcomes at present would either be two more concentrated towards town March seats, or three March seats that cover much bigger areas particularly towards the North and away from the centre.”

The electoral review will recommend the total number of councillors elected to the council in the future, the number of divisions, the number of councillors representing each division, division boundaries and the names of divisions.

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Today marks the start of a 12 week public consultation during which the commission is inviting proposals for new electoral arrangements. The consultation closes on January 19 2015.

To have your say, go to www.lgbce.org.uk, where you can access interactive maps of the division boundaries across the county on a consultation portal.

E-mail your views to reviews@lgbce.org.uk or write to Alex Hinds, Review Officer, Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London, EC1M 5LG.

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