Decision made to reduce council representation from 12 to 9

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Ashburton district councillors have approved a proposal to reduce the district’s representation from 12 to nine.
The three ward structure, with a slight amendment to the ward boundaries, will continue.
From the next election, council will be made up of the mayor, five councillors from the urban ward and two each from the Eastern and Western wards.
That vast majority of councillors were in favour of the representation change, with Cr Selwyn Price a strong vocal opponent of the change. He was supported in maintaining the status quo by Cr Thelma Bell and Cr Peter Reveley.
All councils must undertake a review of its representation arrangements at least once every six years.
Full details of today’s debate in the August 2 edition of Ashburton Courier.