An extraordinary meeting of councillors is expected to see them vote to get rid of nine of themselves.Advertisement
Preston City Council is to see its ward boundaries completely re-drawn, with some ward names disappearing altogether.
The total number of councillors will fall to 48, from 57 at present, and wards like Town Centre will finally be renamed City Centre.
Fulwood also sees a reduction in the number of wards, with College and Cadley disappearing into enlarged Sharoe Green and Greyfriars wards.
Larches ward is wiped off the map, being split up into Ingol and Ashton.
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The city centre ward loses Frenchwood, which moves into a combined Fishwick and Frenchwood ward.
Moor Park ward also vanishes, being subsumed into Deepdale which also absorbs part of St George’s ward.
Plungington ward is a newly created ward, including part of the University campus and ward.
A report to the city council says the average number of electors per councillor will be 2,089 under the new ward boundaries.
Officers write of the recommendations: “Using maps, the group identified key communities within the City. It also took into account any man-made or natural barriers
such as major roads, rivers and water courses that acted as boundaries between communities. ”
A full council meeting is being held on Thursday (18 May) to debate the changes at the Town Hall from 3pm.
If approved, the new ward boundaries would go to the Boundary Commission for approval.
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Once approved by the Commission they would trigger an ‘all-out’ election in 2019 where every council seat would be up for election to establish a new set of councillors.
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