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Number of Wycombe councillors could be cut
A CUT in the number of Wycombe District Councillors could be on the cards after a committee proposed a review.
The Improvement and Review Commission has put forward the suggestion as part of its budget report, saying a reduction may be forced upon it eventually anyway.
Buckinghamshire County Council has already decided to cut its elected representatives by eight – to make £100,000 per year savings.
After May's elections there will be 49 county councillors.
The Government has also proposed cutting the number of MPs.
Cllr Ron Gaffney, commission chairman, said: “We feel we ought to look at it, no more than that.
“I'm not suggesting we go from 60 to 20 or 60 to 55, I'm not even going to suggest figures.”
The Tory said: “We think that if we don't do it it will happen anyway. There's a national trend.
“I anticipate in the next few years there'll be some work done on that.”
Fellow Conservative Cllr James Malliff said: “This must happen. The number of councillors needs to be reviewed, it's something I've been banging on about since the last election 18 months ago.
“Parliament are doing it and if it's good enough for those turkeys to vote for Christmas it's good enough for us as well.”
Cllr David Watson said: “I think I'd agree with it. I think it would make sense for that to happen at district level.”