Number of county councillors to increase by three

The number of councillors representing Essex County Council should increase from 75 to 78, a review has found.

The Local Government Boundary Commission, the independent body that draws these boundaries, has reviewed Essex to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that division arrangements will help the council work effectively.

The Boundary Commission has published final recommendations for changes in Essex. It says there should be 78 single-member divisions. Most division boundaries will change.

Publishing the recommendations Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the commission, said: “We are very grateful to people in Essex. We looked at all the views they gave us. They helped us improve our earlier proposals.

“We believe the new arrangements will deliver electoral fairness while maintaining local ties.”

A total of 171 people and organisations made comments to help decide the new divisions.

Changes in response to what local people said include re-shaping divisions to the south of Colchester in response to local evidence on community identity, changes to Brentwood Hutton and Brentwood South divisions, in order to respect the community identity of West Horndon parish

The commission has made further changes to its earlier proposals. Details can be found on its website at: https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/essex

The changes become law once Parliament has approved them. Staff at the local councils will ensure that the arrangements are in place for the 2025 elections.

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter

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