Plans to slash councillor numbers as leader says Hillingdon's decision-making structure 'out of touch'

Cllr Ray Puddifoot, leader of Hillingdon Council Cllr Ray Puddifoot, leader of Hillingdon Council

Plans to slash the number of Hillingdon councillors have been revealed, as the borough's leader declared decision-making structures are “out of touch”.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has recommended a reduction by 12, from 65 to 53.

Residents have a chance to have their say until 5 November via a public consultation. Hillingdon Council welcomed the plan.

Councillor Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council, said: “Despite having only the 11th largest electorate, Hillingdon has the third largest amount of elected councillors amongst all the London boroughs. This is unnecessary. The council’s electoral structure has not altered since 1999, but vast improvements in digital communications now allow councillors to handle complex cases more quickly and efficiently.”

He said: “Hillingdon is a lively, thriving and popular place to live and work, but the council’s decision-making structures are out of touch with the way in which local government operates today.”

Hillingdon is part of the commission’s three-year review of 25 London boroughs, and any changes to boundaries must meet legal requirements, including a consistent number of electors per councillor and strong ward boundaries that accurately reflect communities.

The independent body’s recommendations follow its review of the borough’s electoral arrangements, which considered the number of councillors elected to the council, the number and name of wards, the ward boundaries and the number of councillors per ward.

The commission is now encouraging residents to have their say on where the Hillingdon ward boundaries should be drawn in the first of two consultations on their proposals. The consultation is open until Monday 5 November and members of the public can provide their feedback online or in writing by:

visiting the commission’s online consultation portal on https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/

emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

writing to ‘The Review Officer (Hillingdon) LGBCE’, 1st Floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0TL

The commission will then publish its draft recommendations in January 2019 and begin a second phase of consultation with local people. New wards are scheduled to come into effect at the 2022 council elections.

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