A review into West Berkshire Council’s ward boundaries that will see the number of councillors reduced from 52 to 42 has been restarted after new information came to light.
New figures about likely future population changes has been presented to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE), which is running the review.
The aim of the review is to ensure that each councillor represents roughly the same number of people.
A consultation into the proposals had been run earlier this year, but this was restarted this week to accommodate the new data.
Colin Mellors, chairman of the LGBCE, said: “We are asking for help from local people and groups to draw up new ward boundaries across West Berkshire.
“If you have a view about which communities and neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you.
“The commission will look at every piece of evidence from local people on community ties and recognisable boundaries between areas in West Berkshire before we draw up draft recommendations in August.
“We will look at all the evidence you send us, whether it applies to the whole of West Berkshire or just a small part of the council area.
“Your views will make a difference.”
The new consultation is open now and runs until July 10. A consultation on the draft recommendations is scheduled to start on August 29, with the final outcome expected early next year.
Comments from the previous consultation will also be taken into account when the responses are considered.
It is anticipated that the revised ward boundaries would be in place for the 2019 council elections.
West Berkshire Council had previously voted to reduce the number of councillors back in November, with the view of saving the authority around £84,000 from the annual budget.
For more information on the consultation and to take part, go to consultation.lgbce.org.uk.