Dover District Council is to change from having 45 councillors to 32, and as a result of that the ward boundaries will change.

To some, this change will put the council in line with trends around the country to reduce the number of councillors for more streamlined governance and to save on councillors expenses. To others, this threatens the ability of councillors to properly represent their electors as they will each have more electors to represent.

Whatever the point of view, a change in boundaries should result in better representation for areas which have seen significant house building such as the area between Deal and Sholden because the wards will be designated in line with current and predicted population size rather than the population which was there over ten years ago.

After periods of consultation, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England have published their final proposals at