Number of Isle of Wight Councillors should remain unchanged: Official

Leader of the council said it’s “absolutely right the council looked at whether there was a scope to reduce councillor numbers further”.

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This in from the Isle of Wight Council. Ed


The current number of councillors should remain unchanged at 40, the Isle of Wight Council has recommended.

An anonymous survey alongside other research by the local authority analysed workload and committee commitments and found the current number was right for the responsibilities the council needs to undertake.

The work was carried out after the Boundary Commission initiated an electoral review of the Island.

Councillor numbers were also reduced from 48 to 40 in the last electoral review undertaken in 2007.

Time spent undertaking role “not reduced significantly”
Leader of the Isle of Wight council, Cllr Dave Stewart, said,

“It is absolutely right the council looked at whether there was a scope to reduce councillor numbers further, but the general consensus is that the amount of time spent undertaking the role has not reduced significantly in recent years.

“The role also continues to evolve and Islanders rightly expect to receive a high standard of service from their councillors, which I think is what happens.

“This good work is best achieved by the number we have now, particularly when there was a substantial reduction just over ten years ago.”

Full council vote
The full council will vote on the recommendation on March 21 and the response will be sent to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, who will make the final decision.

A public consultation looking at proposed changes to ward boundaries will start on 1 May and could come into force by 2021.

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Monday, 12th March, 2018 5:36pm

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Steve Goodman

Dave: “Islanders rightly expect to receive a high standard of service from their councillors, which I think is what happens.”

So high that he and his con. colleagues somehow seem to have missed all the alarming local and national reports concerning what we think happens due to the low standards of cllr. Chris Whitehouse, including his latest Netflix nonsense (link to follow)?

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The list of unfulfilled expectations of Councillors is far longer than that! But we can hardly expect turkeys to vote for Christmas.

Steve Goodman

The current CP:

p.16, on that show of how high his standard is: “Cllr. Whitehouse did not respond to requests for a comment.”

p.18, quoting the councillor (commenting on his concerns about housing and parking, but easy to link): “There has to come a point at which residents are entitled to say enough is enough…”, and “…don’t even start me on that local disaster.”

Steve Goodman

Also a reminder of related news being widely reported; Sandown residents are saying enough is enough and calling for the immediate departure of local disasters Cllrs Patel, Young, Ward, Cowley, Dupre and Mereweather.