Plans to change the ward boundaries on West Berkshire Council and in turn reduce the number of councillors are set to be decided tomorrow evening.
An extraordinary full council meeting is being held, with members recommended to approve the proposals which would come into effect from the next local elections in 2019.
Councillors first approved the idea to reduce their numbers from 52 to 42 back in November, and it is expected to save the authority around £84,000 a year.
Rather than representing roughly 2,200 residents each, councillors would instead have an average of 2,900 electors.
All of the ward boundaries have seen changes as a result, reducing the number of wards overall from 30 to 27 with some being renamed.
Under these boundaries three wards – Hungerford, Mortimer and Tilehurst Central – would not be within 10 per cent of the target of 2,900 electors per councillor.
This is because of the way the wards have been drawn up in not splitting up parishes.
The council is also expected to ask the Local Government Boundary Commission about the possibility of splitting Greenham into two.
In the documents for tonight’s meeting, it said: “The guidance suggests that proposals for each ward should not, wherever possible, have a variance greater than plus or minus 10 per cent in order to achieve good levels of electoral fairness for West Berkshire.
“The possibility of having two single member wards at Greenham was also considered.
“The steering group considered that the area could now be regarded as having two distinct communities, namely a racecourse area and the proposed Sandleford development area.
“Where there are significant changes to the current wards new ward names have been suggested.”
Tomorrow’s meeting starts at 7pm at West Berkshire Council’s offices in Market Street, Newbury.