Stafford Borough councillor numbers to be cut by a third

The number of councillors at Stafford Borough Council is to be reduced by nearly a third.

There will be 40 members, 19 fewer than its current total, following elections in 2015, the Local Government Boundary Commission said.

Council leader Mike Heenan said he submitted the reduction proposal to the commission because many council functions had been taken on centrally.

He said there had been 59 members since the council was established in the 70s.

The Conservative councillor said: "If you compare us to other councils, we were out of line."

But despite a "slight increase in ward work", he said he felt that councillors would agree that general council work had reduced over the past 20 years.

Members of the public have until 7 January 2014 to give their views to the Boundary Commission about how the new wards should be drawn up.

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