A consultation into ward boundaries for North Devon Council runs until February 19.

A public consultation on proposals to change 18 ward boundaries in North Devon closes next month.

The recommendations, which would see North Devon Council have one less councillor than current arrangements, have been drawn up by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE).

The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent six three-councillor wards, eight two-councillor wards and eight one-councillor wards across North Devon.

The consultation will run until February 19, with the commission’s final recommendations to be published in May.

Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the commission, said: “This is the last chance for local people to have their say on ward boundaries for all councillors in North Devon.

“We want to hear evidence from the people who know North Devon best about the shape of local communities across the district before we finalise our recommendations in May.”

At this stage, the commission is asking residents if the proposed wards reflect communities, and if the proposed names are correct, as well as how they could be improved.

It wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for North Devon.

Local people can have their say by visiting the LGBCE’s consultation portal. https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/9956.