The Boundary Committee for England, which is overseeing the council’s creation, has written to the Cornwall implementation executive (CIE) warning it needs to extend a consultation on how many members the council has by six weeks.
The committee’s director, Archie Gall, wrote: “The need for further consultation now means it is very unlikely the Electoral Commission will be in a position to implement any Boundary Committee recommendations in time for elections in May 2009.”
He called for more evidence linked to submissions for 130- and 90-member councils, and said elections would proceed on the basis of the county’s existing 82 councillors if a new arrangement was delayed.
It is understood the majority of the CIE favours a 130-member authority while its chair David Whalley (Lib Dem) wants a 90-member council.
A Boundary Committee spokesperson said adequate information had been provided from four other councils under electoral evaluation.