An Enfield borough councillor this week called for the number of councillors at the authority to be cut by a third.

Speaking at his final full council meeting, Cllr Tom Waterhouse told fellow councillors that as whip for the Conservative group, he feels the current number of representatives does not provide good value to the public.

He said: “Being whip for the Conservative group for the past four years has meant it's been my job to monitor contributions and attendance rates of all councillors.

“Doing this has led me to be firmly of the view that we could cut the number of councillors by a third and not harm the level of service we provide to residents".

During his speech, he pointed out that the average attendance of Enfield councillors at meetings was 82 per cent.

The cllr will not be seeking re-election during the local on May 22, 2014 to focus more time on his career.

He also said that the average for the bottom third of the attendance table is 69 per cent, which he described as “not good enough”.