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Proposals to reduce the number of parish / town councillors given the go ahead

by Laura Johnston

The Local Government Boundary Commission has approved the recommendations of a Community Governance Review of Parish and Town Councils.

Three consultations have been carried out, starting in October 2017 and concluding in August 2018, seeking the views of residents and businesses in the borough on the electoral arrangements of the parish and town councils in the borough – Cronton, Halewood, Knowsley, Prescot and Whiston.

The final consultation specifically asked if residents and the business community supported the proposal to reduce the number of parish / town councillors (outlined below) and 83% of respondents agreed with the proposal.

The recommendation to reduce the number of parish / town councillors in Cronton Parish Council, Knowsley Town Council, Prescot Town Council and Whiston Town Council have now been approved by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (where required).

Once implemented, it will still mean ‘business as usual’ with parish / town councils able to continue to operate at the same level as they have done previously.

The changes (outlined below) will apply to the election of councillors from 2019.

Name of Parish/Town Council Name of Parish Ward Number of Councillors Agreed Change to Number of Councillors
Cronton Parish Council Unwarded 8 Reduce from 10
Halewood Town Council Halewood North 6 No change
Halewood South 6
Knowsley Town Council Knowsley Park 3 Overall reduction from 16 to 12
Stockbridge 9
Prescot Town Council Prescot North 7 Overall reduction from 17 to 12
Prescot South 5
Whiston Town Council Whiston North 4 Overall reduction from 14 to 12
Whiston South 8