Bangor could lose a number of Gwynedd county councillors under proposals presented by the Boundary Commission for Wales.
The report, which has been presented to the Welsh Government for approval, recommends that the number of county councillors in Gwynedd should be cut from 75 to 69 after the next elections.
A series of boundary changes have been proposed across Gwynedd in a bid to even out the number of eligible voters. The biggest changes will be seen in Bangor, which is being blamed on the large number of non-registered voters in the city.
Under the proposals Glyder and Dewi Ward would remain unchanged, with Marchog (Maesgerichen) and Hirael merging under the new name of ‘Dwyrain Bangor‘.
Garth, Hendre and Menai Wards would merge to be replaced by ‘Canol Bangor’ The existing Deiniol Ward would be split-up between the new Dwyrain and Canol wards, with both new wards having two Gwynedd Council members.
Also created will be the new “Y Faenol” ward, which will include the more urban areas than currently form part of the Pentir ward. The remainder of Pentir will join up with Aber, Llanllechid and Llandygai as part of an amended Arllechwedd Ward.
According to the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales, the figures are based on the number of registered electors and are meant to ensure voter parity across the county – targeting an average of 1,200 voters per councillor.
Bangor City Council and Councillor Gareth Roberts (Dewi Ward) said that: “The City of Bangor is taking a disproportional reduction in councillors across the county, and its special status as a university city and the large number of residents eligible to vote but not registered should be taken into account.”
Gwynedd Council had also urged the commission to retain the existing Marchog ward, which contains Maesgeirchen, as it has a large population coupled with the deprived nature of the ward, which placed an additional burden on its local representatives.
The commission’s final proposals have now been presented to the cabinet secretary for local government who will decide whether to approve the proposals.