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Shropshire unitary to have 74 members

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The Boundary Committee for England is recommending that Shropshire’s new unitary council will have 74 members.

Under its proposals there will be 46 single-member, 11 two-member and two three-member divisions.

There was debate among the committee over whether 74 was the best figure.

A statement said: "During Stage Three, several respondents opposed our proposed council size and supported one of 75. Their
argument was based broadly on a view that there should be an equal allocation of 25 members between the northern, central
and southern regions of Shropshire.

We did not receive evidence in the context of the new Council's political management structure to explain why a council size of 75 would be required. We have therefore confirmed our draft recommendations for a council size of 74 members as final."

Committee chairman, Max Caller, told the Shropshire Star newspaper: “The aim of a review such as this is to ensure that local government electoral arrangements are right for the people of Shropshire and help to provide a firm foundation for the start of the new unitary authority.”

It is now up to the Electoral Commission to decide whether or not to approve the recommendations, which it is set to do early in the New Year.

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