Welshpool has launched a review for its ward boundaries just two weeks before residents go to the polls on May 4.
Three County and 16 town council seats are up for grabs but changes are proposed to be brought in for May 2022 to fit in line with Boundary Commission for Wales guidelines.
“It is not proposed that the overall Welshpool Town Council boundaries will change but the wards within its boundaries will do,” said a town council spokesperson.
“At the present time, Castle Ward has 1,086 electors, whilst Llanerchyddol and Gungrog have in excess of 1,750 electors. The rules that the Boundary Commission are working to is seeking around 1,660 electors per ward plus or minus 10%. After taking into account sites with planning permission and those in the new Local Development Plan to total electors would be around 5,150 (ie: 1,717 per ward).
“The Town Council has been proactive with its County Councillors in seeking to come up with a common plan for presentation to the Boundary Commission. If this can be agreed then it is very likely that the scheme put forward will form the new boundaries form May 2022.
“A plan has been prepared which shows the new boundaries compared with the existing ones.”
While it is proposed that the Welshpool will retain its three county councillors, the number of town councillors is proposed to shrink by one to 15.
The Town Council say that that the plan will be put out for consultation before a final decision on a recommendation to the Boundary Commission is made.
The plans for consultation will be on display in the Corn Exchange of the Town Hall between 9am-11am and again between 4.30pm-5.30pm on Thursday.
People most affected live between Brook Street and Broad Street/High Street and those who live on the Caeglas and Little Henfaes Drive area.
Comments can be made to the Town Clerk by visiting the consultation day, writing to Triangle House Union Street, SY21 7PG or by email to email@example.com by April 25.