Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN
CABINET: 9TH JULY, 2012
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (CORPORATE RESOURCES): 26TH JUNE, 2012
ELECTORAL REVIEWS: COUNCIL SIZE POLICY CONSULTATION PAPER FROM THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOUNDARY COMMISSION FOR WALES –
At the request of the Leader the Chairman of the Committee had agreed that the Electoral Reviews: Council Size Policy consultation document be discussed prior to Cabinet making a response, bearing in mind the consultation period was due to end on 16th July 2012. The attached was for consideration by the Corporate Resources Committee.
The aforementioned consultation paper, together with a summary response from the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), had been circulated to all Members of the Committee for consideration. The consultation paper set out the Commission’s preliminary view and approach as to how it believed Council size should be determined, based on its experience, expertise and knowledge of local government. The Commission proposed that Authorities should be grouped into the following four categories:
· Rural – authorities with a predominantly rural composition
· Urban – the most heavily populated areas
· Valley – populated areas confined by unique physical environment
· Other – authorities which contained a mixture of rural and urban characteristics.
It was noted that the Vale of Glamorgan had been allotted the category of “Other” and that the proposed number of Councillors showed an increase of four over the present membership (albeit this figure, i.e. 51, was, in turn subject to a potential further difference of plus or minus three). Attention was drawn to the fact at this juncture that, in February 2011, draft proposals for this Council set out in a Boundary Commission report proposed a reduction in the number of Members by one. Members were of the opinion that the consultation paper provided very little detail as to the rationale or factors taken into account by the Commission as, indeed, was the WLGA. During the course of further discussion it was suggested that the Commission should adopt a more rational approach taking account, inter alia, of factors such as deprivation and size of communities within each Council boundary.
RECOMMENDED – T H A T Cabinet be notified that this Committee would wish the Commission to be informed that, prior to developing these or any further proposals, an evaluation process which was accountable, sustainable and credible should be developed in order that any future proposals could be properly evaluated.
Reason for decision
To inform Cabinet of the Committee’s viewpoint.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources): 26th June, 2012