With the Electoral Review now underway for Canterbury I would
urge local people to ask themselves if they’re happy with the way Canterbury City
Council currently conducts matters on their behalf.
The Council have asked the Local Government Boundary Commission
for England to cut the number of councillors down to 38 from 50.
They say that the ‘Strong Leader and Executive’ system of governance
serves this city well and base their submission to the LGBCE mainly on this.
Given the absence of debate in decision making with the current
Council this move will make it much harder for councillors to represent their constituents
as they will not have enough time to liaise with the many groups, parishes and associations.
Our councillors already have a far higher quota of electors than
other districts and will be even higher with the intended housing development in
the Local Plan… an extra 780 houses per year.
The LGBCE want to hear the opinions of local people in regard
to this matter and can be contacted thus by 6th August 2013:
Write to: The Review Officer (Canterbury), LGBCE, Layden House,
76-78 Turnmill Street, London, EC1M 5LG
Lynette Coleman, Canterbury