Other – authorities which contained a mixture of rural and urban characteristics.
6. It was noted at the time 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).
Relevant Issues and Options
7. Representatives of the Commission met with representatives of the WLGA in July 2012 to discuss the outcome of the consultation. At the meeting it was agreed that the Commission would work with the Local Government Data Unit - Wales to consider further the methodology used for determining council size and to investigate alternative data sets and methodologies. Further meetings were held with the WLGA and the Data Unit and, following detailed analysis work by the Data Unit, the Commission were able to consider alternative methodologies that utilised data that was both current and readily available. Methodologies were considered which variously took account of electorate numbers, population size and measures of population density and urbanisation and a preferred methodology arrived at broadly based on the method currently in place in Scotland.
8. A further consultation paper has been issued (attached at Appendix A) setting out the Commission’s further views and approach to how it believes council size should be determined, based on its experience, expertise and knowledge of local government. The Commission welcomes views from all interested parties, local authorities and individuals on this proposed approach. All views will be taken into account before the Commission comes to its final determination on how council size should be considered as part of an electoral review.
9. It can be seen that, under the methodology used, the number of Members on the Council would increase from 47 to 51. At this stage, it is not known how, and in which Wards, the increase would be effected. This would be undertaken by means of an individual Electoral Review within the Vale of Glamorgan. However, attached as Appendix B for Members' information is a breakdown, on a Ward basis, of the number of Members, the total electorate and electorate per Member (as at May 2013) and the total population and population per Member (as at the 2011 Census).
10. Comments on any aspect of this paper can be submitted. However, the Commission has indicated it would be particularly useful if the specific questions detailed were addressed. Under the circumstances, Political groups and / or individual Members are requested to send their views to the LGBCW by 19th June 2013. All comments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the Commission’s new address at:
Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
11. The cost of Members' allowances will increase should the numbers of Members rise.
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
12. There are no direct implications arising from the report.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
13. There are no direct implications arising from the report
Crime and Disorder Implications
14. There are no direct implications arising from the report.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
15. There are no direct implications arising from the report.
16. There are no direct implications arising from the report
Policy Framework and Budget
17. This is a matter for Executive decision.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
18. A copy of the report will be circulated to all Members of the Council to allow the opportunity for the submission of comments.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
19. Corporate Resources.
Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales Consultation Paper: 27th March 2013
Mr. J. Wyatt, Head of Democratic Services
Head of Performance and Development
Siân Davies, Managing Directo