The commission recently reviewed the electoral arrangements and structure in Herefordshire and advised that in the future, the county should be represented by 53 councillors as opposed to the 58 currently in place. They also state that those 53 councillors should represent 53 single member wards across the county.
Councillor John Jarvis, leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “The boundary changes being implemented by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, will deliver electoral equality for the county’s voters in local elections, by ensuring that each councillor represents approximately the same number of electors.”
“At present, some councillors represent many more or fewer electors than other councillors, so the value of votes varies depending on where you live in the county. The changes in Herefordshire, which are a commission decision and not a political one, will ensure that each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters and that ward boundaries reflect the interests and identities of local communities.”
The changes will take effect in 2015, at the time of the next local government election.
The commission’s final recommendations for Herefordshire were published on 25 March and are available on their website.