Final recommendations for Birmingham council boundary changes

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for a shake-up of boundaries in Birmingham which would lead to more wards by fewer politicians.

The commission advise that the city be divided into 69 wards represented by 101 members, rather than the current 40 wards represented by 120, which it claims, would deliver greater equality for voters.

Professor Colin Mellors, commission chairman, said: "The Commission believes that the new electoral arrangements provide an overall number of councillors that can help the authority set and implement its strategy for the city."

The news comes after the Kerslake Review recommended the council should be cut from 120 to 101, and after previous draft recommendation sparked objections from residents opposing initial plans such as the proposal to divide Perry Barr into two separate wards.

The changes include splitting Balsall Heath into an east and a west ward and reconfiguring Erdington so Short Heath is now included under Perry Common.

Erdington councillor Robert Alden, leader of the Conservative group, commented: "I'm grateful the commission has listened to residents. The only area where they haven't is Balsall Heath.

"But at the end of the day this is probably the best Birmingham was going to get."

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