THE number of district councillors in Tendring will be cut from 60 to 48, it has been confirmed.

The new electoral arrangements for Tendring Council, including the change in the numbers of seats, have been approved by Parliament.

The Boundary Commission submitted its final recommendations in July following its earlier review of the arrangements.

There were no objections to the order which was presented and the new arrangements will be in place for the next district council elections in 2019.

Paul Honeywood, who is the chairman of the council’s electoral review working party, said he is pleased the order has now been confirmed.

He said: “We can now get on with our next job which is to begin working towards putting the new arrangements in for 2019.

“There was extensive consultation and the council agreed its response in May which involved proposed changes and concerns.

“Views were taken on board and I believe that what we have now better reflects local community ties."