How many councillors should there be?

Whaley Bridge has three councillors on High Peak Borough Council.  Is that enough or too many?  There is a total of 43 members of the council.  Is this enough or too many for efficiency?

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people how many councillors they think should represent them in the future.

The six-week public consultation, ending in September, is the first part of an electoral review, which will also consider changes to the number, names, and boundaries of the council’s wards.

The Commission has already considered evidence submitted to it by the council and is now consulting residents on a proposal that would see the authority continue to be represented by 43 councillors.

Max Caller, chair of the Commission, said: “This is your chance to shape your council for the future. We are asking people across the borough whether they agree that 43 councillors is still the right number to represent High Peak.

“We want to know if you think 43 is the right number of councillors to be able to take decisions effectively and whether it’s the right number to represent the interests of all the borough’s communities.

“If you don’t agree that High Peak should be represented by 43 councillors, we want you to tell us your alternative and why you think there should be more, or fewer, members of the council in the future.

“Once we have taken a view on the number of councillors, we will re-draw ward boundaries to accommodate those elected members and we will ask local people to have their say during that process as well.”

Further information about the review is available at

Residents can have their say directly at


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Write to: 

The Review Officer (High Peak)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
Layden House,
76-86 Turnmill Street,
London EC1M 5LG

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