BARNSLEY Council’s ruling cabinet members will respond to the Local Government Boundary Commission’s proposals for the borough at a meeting later this year.

The commission reviewed Barnsley’s 21 boundaries having last done so in 2003 - and their final draft report was released to the public earlier this month.

It has already ditched previous plans to move Silkstone Common from Penistone East into the Dodworth ward following a public backlash - a decision welcomed by MP candidate Miriam Cates, councillors and parish councillors.

Other proposals include placing Carlton into the Monk Bretton ward, rather than the village currently being split between Monk Bretton and Royston.

Birdwell would be moved to the Worsbrough ward, but Birdwell Common would remain in the Rockingham ward under the plans.

Leader of Barnsley Council Sir Steve Houghton has said he is ‘concerned’ about the proposals - and cabinet members will discuss the plans at a meeting on July 10.

Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the commission, said: “We want people in Barnsley to help us.

“The commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries and it is reviewing Barnsley to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements help the council work effectively.

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“We want our proposals for new electoral arrangements to reflect communities, but we also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.”

Visit the council’s website to have your say on the proposals.