Rushcliffe to cut councillors from 50 to 44
PLANS have been unveiled to cut the number of councillors in Rushcliffe from 50 to 44.
The borough council asked the Local Government Boundary Commission for England to look into plans to alter the wards.
It had asked for an independent review of electoral arrangements by commission, which has now come back with proposals.
They are to change the number of wards from 28 to 25 and alter ward boundaries to give more equality in the number of voters each councillor represents.
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Many of the consultation responses were against the idea of renaming Cranmer ward as Aslockton. Greg Redford, who lives in Whatton-in-the-Vale, said: "Your proposed change may be taken as implying that Aslockton is more important than both Scarrington and Whatton-in-the-Vale.
"The name Cranmer reflects the fact that Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, was born in Aslockton and worshipped in Whatton-in-the-Vale."
Scarrington resident Ewan Clothier said: "I am not particularly happy at the proposed name change. Cranmer ward is a more inclusive name and is far more appropriate in this case."
In West Bridgford, Compton Acres ward will be extended to Walcote Drive; Trent Bridge ward pulled back to Melton Road; and Abbey Ward's boundary will become Abbey Road and Abbey Circus rather than Albert Road.
Elsewhere, Soar Valley ward will disappear, with half going into Gotham ward and a new Sutton Bonington ward created. Stanford ward will disappear, with Normanton going into the Leake ward and a new Bunny ward created, including Bunny, Thorpe, Costock and Bradmore.
The plans will also see Keyworth North and South wards brought into a Keyworth and Wolds ward and part of the current Trent and Manvers ward combined into a Radcliffe-on-Trent ward.
Max Caller, chairman of the commission, said: "We have sought to balance the views expressed to us by local people with the criteria we must apply when we are deciding on new electoral arrangements.
"As such, we believe these recommendations deliver electoral equality for voters as well as reflecting the interests of communities across Rushcliffe."
The proposals must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be brought to Parliament in the next few months.
The order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the borough council elections in 2015.