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COUNCILLORS will meet tomorrow to discuss major plans to re-draw and re-name ward boundaries.

Hartlepool Borough Council currently has 47 councillors serving 17 wards. But proposals by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has recommended the number of councillors be cut to 33, representing 11 wards.

There would be three councillors in each ward across town.

The commission published its draft recommendations at the end of March and a 12-week period of public consultation was launched.

A meeting of the full council has been scheduled so councillors can submit their official response.

Councillors are asked to back plans to create the Seaton ward, which would include Seaton Carew and Greatham village, the Park & Parish ward, including West Park and the villages of Elwick, Dalton Piercy, Wynyard and Newton Bewley.

Also the Heritage ward, which would include the Headland, Central Estate, Marina and Burbank, the Jesmond Ward which would include the communities at Throston and Dyke House, the Hart ward, including Clavering, Middle Warren and Hart Village.

Councillors are also being asked to back plans for the De Bruce or King Oswy ward, which would include West View and King Oswy, the Jubilee ward, which would include the Rossmere and Fens areas, the Manor House ward which would include the Owton and Rift House areas and the Victoria ward, which would be made up of Grange and Stranton areas.

Also the Foggy Furze ward would include parts of Catcote Road, Rossmere and Belle Vue and finally the Middleton Ward, which would include the town centre.

The latest round of consultation comes to an end on June 20.

The commission is aiming to complete its review by September and there will be an all-out election next year.

The full recommendations and maps are available on the commission’s website at lgbce.org.uk

People can email reviews@lgbce.org.uk or write to Review Officer (Hartlepool), The Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London, EC1M

The full council is due to meet on Thursday at 7pm at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road.