The number of councillors if restructuring is implemented, in the five areas for which draft Implementation Orders have been laid before Parliament, is as follows.
Local authority Number of councillors 1 April 2009 Cornwall county 82 Durham county 126 Northumberland county 67 Shropshire county 48 Wiltshire county 49 Grand total 372
Number of councillors 1 April 2009
A new unitary council’s number of councillors may change at the first election held after the Boundary Committee has undertaken a review of the council’s electoral arrangements.
Under restructuring orders, which we have laid before the House, the first elections to the new unitary authorities will be in 2008, in the case of the unitary County Durham and Northumberland councils, and in 2009, in the case of the new unitary Cornwall, Shropshire and Wiltshire councils. In all five cases, subsequent elections will be in 2013.
Parish elections in those areas will be held in future on the same cycle as elections for the new unitary councils. As a result some parishes will hold elections in 2009, but the majority will be moved from 2011 to 2013.