- The Maeshyfryd, Morawelon, Kingsland, and London Road wards in Holyhead will be amalgamated into a new multi-member division, named Maeshyfryd. It will return 3 councillors.
- The Holyhead Town, Porthyfelin, and Parc a'r Mynydd wards in Holyhead will be amalgamated into a new multi-member division, named Porthyfelin. It will return 2 councillors.
- The community of Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll will amalgamated into a single division, returning 2 councillors.
- The community of Menai Bridge will also be alamgamated into a single division, returning 2 councillors.
As I have written previously, I fully support the Boundary Commission in reducing the number of councillors on the Island, and had hoped they would reduce the numbers even further. The Minister for Local Government had in fact instructed the Commission that their aim throughout Wales should be to achieve councillor to electorate ratios of no less than 1:1,750 - this would have meant reducing the total number of councillors on Anglesey down to around just 30. The final recommendations achieve a councillor to electorate ratio of 1:1,411 compared to the current ratio of 1:1,270.
Why do I think that the number of councillors should be reduced? Because the sad fact is that in the last local elections on Anglesey a total of seven councillors (i.e. 20% of the total) were returned unopposed:
- Gareth Winston Roberts (Amlwch Rural / Anglesey Forward)
- Clifford Everett (Holyhead Town / Labour)
- Gwilym O. Jones (Llanfair yn Neubwll / Original Independent)
- John Williams (Llanbadrig / Independent) - although in the subsequent 2009 byelection in Llanbadrig there were two candidates
- Bob Parry (Bryngwran / Plaid Cymru)
- Derlwyn Rees Hughes (Moelfre / Anglesey Forward)
- Peter Rogers (Rhosyr / Independent)
There are in fact some excellent, hard working councillors in the above list - but it does the cause of local democracy no favours if they are not tested at elections. Furthermore, can it be right that fully two thirds of the members of the 'Anglesey Forward' grouping are essentially unelected? Anglesey Forward incidentally is also now the only council grouping to have not responded in any way to my requests for them to reveal their 'Statement of Aims and Values' which all non-Party groupings were required by the Recovery Board to complete by May this year.
You can see the Boundary Commission's full final report below:
Boundary Commission Anglesey Final Proposals