Sully and Lavernock Community Council meets in the Jubilee Hall Sully

Sully and Lavernock Community Council meets in the Jubilee Hall Sully

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s “cabinet” has endorsed a recommendation for a major change in the Sully Community Council which looks after  Penarth’s next-door neighbours – Sully and Lavernock.

The Sully and Lavernock Community Council had raised concerns that there is  only 1 community councillor representing Lavernock Ward  – and that this means the ratio of electors to councillors in Lavernock Ward is far higher than in Sully Ward where there are  8 community councillors.

The Community Council had proposed that the number of councillors representing  Lavernock Ward increased to 2 – thereby increasing the total number of members on the  council to 10 .

The Vale of Glamorgan’s electoral registration officer has carried out a review – and has recommended that Lavernock Ward should have 2 councillors rather than 1 – BUT  is also recommending that the number of councillors representing Sully Ward should – at the same time – be reduced from 8 to 7.

It’s proposed that these changes would come into force in time for the May 2017
local elections.

This is an outcome which Sully Community Council had not expected and will be discussing in its next meeting in September.

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  1. Kevin Mahoney says:

    No problem with efforts to even up of the balance of community councillors but typical of Sully and Lavernock Community council expressing a wish to actually expand the number of councillors to 10 rather than to just rejig the existing numbers.

    Actually it was the regular requests over the years from Mike Garland to redress the balance rather than an outpouring of support from the rest of the community council raising concerns as reported. In my experience support for another councillor to represent Lavernock rather than Sully has been decidedly lukewarm.

    There are growing calls within Sully to follow the route Rhoose took some years ago and to abolish the community council altogether.

    Here are my latest thoughts on it’s performance

  2. Michael Garland says:

    This is certainly good news for the residents of Lavernock/Cosmeston.

    In fact Sully and Lavernock Community Council originally agreed a 2-7 split which gained 3 votes as opposed to a 3-6 split which received two votes at an Extra-Ordinary meeting which was only attended by four off the eight Sully Councillors.
    Despite being informed at the time that any increase in Lavernock Ward Councillors would not affect the total number of Councillors and would mean a decrease to the total of Sully Councillors, it was only later in the consultation process that the Sully Councillors ‘realised’ that one of their Councillor posts would be lost, and therefore made a u-turn and opposed the recommendation made by the Electoral Commission.

    Anyway, an extra voice has been gained for Lavernock/Cosmeston residents who make up 25% of the electorate and provide over 25% of the precept for the Community Council.

    My thanks go to the Vale of Glamorgan Council Electoral Commission for their recommendation and the Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet for endorsing that recommendation.

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