'Sizeable' reduction in Royal Borough councillors proposed

A ‘sizeable’ reduction of the 57 councillors at the Royal Borough will be discussed at a meeting tonight as part of a cost saving scheme.

The council has asked the Local Government Boundary Commission for England to review its 23 wards’ boundaries.

Council leader Simon Dudley (Con, Riverside) said the borough has the lowest average electors-to-councillors ratio in Berkshire.

There are 1,897 per councillor, while the county’s average is 2,222.

He said: “We have been making our officers more efficient, and services more efficient.

“We have to look at our councillors.

“It is not just about councillors, they have associate costs.

“There are printing costs, they take up time with officers.”

A reduction of councillors and those costs could result in hundreds of thousands of pounds in savings, he added.

The last boundary review was in 2001.

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