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Deeside councillors oppose Flintshire ward boundary changes

FLINTSHIRE’S town and community councils are objecting to proposals to change ward boundaries in the county.

The changes proposed by the Local Government Boundary Commission would also see Flintshire lose 10 county councillors.

Holywell Town Council decided to set up a working group to discuss responding to plans which would see the town’s four wards merged into one, with three county councillors.

Cllr Karin Davies said: “We should loudly protest this.

“Holywell and Greenfield have got four wards and four wards they should stay.”

Mayor of Holywell, Cllr Rosetta Dolphin, encouraged members of the public to object to proposals as well.

Shotton Town Council met last week to discuss a formal objection to the suggested changes, as did Saltney Town Council.

Connah’s Quay Town Council also plans to make submissions.

Shotton town councillor Keith Minshull believes the increase in ward sizes would mean any prospective candidate would have to spend up to £500 on campaign leaflets to canvass the area.

And he believes it would take around six weeks to walk around the ward delivering them.

“Who can afford £500 and six weeks off work to run as a councillor unless you’re backed by a mainstream party?,” he said.

Cllr Minshull said Higher Shotton is one of the most deprived areas in Flintshire, and claims 90% of residents there would be ruled out of standing independently.

Independent Saltney Stonebridge Cllr Veronica Gay echoed Cllr Minshull’s concerns.

She said: “They’re trying to force communities together, and the service will inevitably be diluted.”

Flint Town Council is among the other authorities which has said it will fight the plans.

Objections can be officially submitted before March 30. The report can be viewed online www.lgbc-wales.gov.uk/electoral_reviews_e.htm.

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