Final council shake-up plans revealed

Published Friday, 13 December 2013
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Final proposals for the make-up, size and boundaries of the new so-called local 'super councils' have been published by the District Electoral Areas Commissioner.

Final council shake-up plans revealed
Elections are expected to take place next year. (© Getty)

The current 26 councils are to be replaced by 11, more powerful authorities, in a major reorganisation of local government.

As well as covering larger areas, the new councils will also have new names.

The new councils will also have greater responsibility than the current bodies, however, they will have around 120 fewer elected representatives.

A report has been submitted to the Secretary of State Theresa Villiers setting out proposals for the new councils' boundaries, known as district electoral areas and elections are expected in May.

District electoral areas commissioner Dick Mackenzie said: "My recommendations reflect many of the representations I received from the public during an extensive consultation process which involved public inquiries in nine of the new council areas.

"My recommendations represent a considerable change from the current pattern in some places due to the reduction in the number of councils and the consequent fall in the number of wards.

"However, in other areas there is a broad similarity with the existing pattern."

Councillors will be elected by a system of proportional representation.

The greatest changes in council make-up are in the Causeway Coast and Glens council area, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Mid and East Antrim and Mid Ulster. Fermanagh and Omagh are virtually unchanged.

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Comments Comments
Andy in Carrickfergus wrote (128 days ago):
having larger council areas and fewer councillors will result in more distant less representative 'local government' this surely a bad move in a misconceived plan to save money... I predict it will cost more and deliver less.
What should we be asking in Belfast wrote (129 days ago):
And guess what people what should we be asking how much is this going to cost us. The answer near 200 million of the tax payers money to change to these 11 councils and why do we need them exactly? What are the current councils not doing that these new super councils will do thats what i would like to know. Will they collect more rubbish? Will street lights burn brighter? What will they do and why do we need them thats what people should be asking. One of the major mess ups by Stormount is this! They want to transfer planning powers to the councils and guess what that means your going to have plonker councillors potentially making important planning decisions and they dont have a planning qualification between them. Planning powers were taken of the council in 1973 due to coruption now tell me this whats changed not much councillors are idiots and as a planner myself who has over 20 years experienced i dont even like speaking to them because they are brain dead. The new councils are a waste of money and a bad idea and the public should be asking questions like why do we need this and what are these idiot representatives doing getting an 11% pay rise while everyone else suffers its utter madness this place with no one making smart decisions!!
norman.d in bangor wrote (129 days ago):
we have to many Councillers and MLAs for the size of this country the public sector needs cut by half
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