Conservative Group welcomes decision to slash size of Cornwall Council to 87 Councillors

The Conservative Group on Cornwall Council has welcomed today’s decision by the Boundary Commission to reduce the number of Cornwall Councillors from 123 to 87.
The Boundary Commission’s decision was similar to the Conservative Group’s own recommendation, which was for 85 councillors.
Commenting, Conservative Group leader Cllr Phil Seeva said:
“I am pleased to see that the Boundary Commission has again come back with a figure similar to ours when it comes to changing the number of councillors on Cornwall Council.”
Cllr Seeva, Leader Conservative Group, Cornwall Council
“In the run up to the Local Elections in May, the Conservatives in Cornwall campaigned to reduce the level of waste and number of Councillors on Cornwall Council.”
“With the Conservatives now the largest Group on Cornwall Council it is clear the public agrees with us that there is a need to cut waste and councillor numbers, and that Cornwall Council can be run more efficiently.”
Further reaction to today’s top story here :
In its findings the Boundary Commission notes that the current number of 123 Councillors is:
“…already a barrier to effective decision making and would impede the delivery of the Council’s new strategic vision for the rest of this decade and beyond.”
“The Liberal Democrat-led coalition that currently runs Cornwall Council and its predecessor administration has already wasted time and vast amounts of public money in holding at least 50 meetings to try to save as many members as it can.”
“They have ignored public opinion and that of the Boundary Commission, in fact going the other way, and making different recommendations to the one the experts had already made, making recommendations for a greater number of councillors. This has again been ignored by the experts.”
“Now the Boundary Commission has made its decision we look forward to getting down to the business of fulfilling another manifesto commitment and working to make Cornwall Council leaner and fit for purpose.”

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