Proposal to reduce number of Knowsley wards and councillors

A consultation is being held into proposals to reduce the number of councillors and electoral wards in Knowsley.

Knowsley Council has put forward a plan to cut the number of wards in the borough from 21 to 15 and reduce the number of elected members from 63 to 45.

Following the council’s invitation to carry out the review which would be required to enact such changes, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has now launched a consultation into the proposals until Monday 3 November.

Knowsley Council’s proposed new ward boundaries would:

  • Generate financial savings for the council;
  • Ensure that each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters;
  • Reflect the interests and identities of our local communities; and
  • Promote effective local government.

The council’s alternative plans can be viewed on the LGBCE website and comments can be left online until Monday 3 November.

If taken forward, the changes would come into effect from the 2016 local elections, which is the earliest date possible.