Although Cornwall was right at the top of the Boundary Commission's list for falling foul of its principle that every person's vote is worth the same, the Council has persuaded the Boundary Commission to put off reviewing this in time for 2017 local elections.
But the Commission still intends to sort it out in time for 2021
The first stage is for the Council to express a view on what
number of councillors Cornwall should have in 2021.
The Panel working on this first met yesterday.
Their first step was to go through the paperwork studiously
crossing out any implication, express or implied, that the number of
councillors would be reduced.
Apart from the public's views on this, there are at least two
reasons why this approach is totally unrealistic.
First, committing to a smaller number of councillors was part of
the Devolution Deal for Cornwall (which the Council approved last
July). It was a compromise to avoid having a mayor for
Second, as the divisions currently have so few voters that
relatively small population changes make them unequal to a
significant degree, the current number of councillors is not viable.
It means that the Council will for ever be spending time and
public money reviewing and reworking the boundaries of its electoral
The last boundary review for Cornwall Council was described by the
Boundary Commission as 'appalling' and 'the worst ever seen'.
The recommendations from the panel will be influential in
determining the outcome of the review but with public toilets,
libraries, leisure centres and public spaces being devolved to other
local organisations can Cornwall councillors reasonably resist
reducing their own numbers?