Ord parish could see increase in councillors

Ord Parish Council plans to increase its number of councillors from seven to nine.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 27 February, 2016, 07:00
Floral display on East Ord roundabout

The council feels that the amount of housing in the parish is growing and there are concerns that the current number of councillors is not enough to represent the whole area.

The current electorate is 1,223.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England guidance states there must be at least five members but does not provide a maximum number.

The National Association of Local Councils states that, typically, parishes with an electroate of between 501 and 2,500 have between six and 12 councillors.

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Ord Parish Council has therefore asked Northumberland County Council to carry out a community governance review.

If the proposal is adopted as a result of the review, the number of councillors representing Ord parish will increase to nine.

Comments should be submitted in writing to Lesley bennett, team Leader (Governance/People), Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, by March 31, or email Lesley.Bennett@northumberland.gov.uk