RESIDENTS in North Dorset are being asked whether they would like to see more or fewer district councillors.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England wants to know whether the district should continue to be represented by 33 councillors.

The six-week public consultation is the first part of an electoral review, which will also consider changes to the number, names and boundaries of the council’s wards.

Max Caller, chairman of the commission, said: “This is your chance to shape your council for the future. We want to know if you think 33 is the right number of councillors to be able to take decisions effectively and whether it’s the right number to represent the interests of all North Dorset’s communities.”

Following the consultation the commission will re-draw ward boundaries to accommodate elected members.

Residents can have their say directly at, by writing to The Review Officer (North Dorset), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London, EC1M 5LG.