Have your say on new political map of Wandsworth
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people to comment on its draft proposals for new Wandsworth Council ward boundaries.
The public consultation on the recommendations will end on February 17, 2020. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Wandsworth.
The proposed changes only relate to local government ward boundaries and would not in any case come into effect until 2022. They will not have any impact on any future General Election.
The commission’s draft recommendations propose that Wandsworth should have 58 councillors in future: this is two fewer than now. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent 14 three-councillor wards, and 8 two-councillor wards across the council.
The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Wandsworth and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.
“Over the next 10 weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.
“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people, so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same, regardless of where you live.
“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Wandsworth and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government for local people.
“We will consider all the submissions we receive, whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole council or just a part of it.
"The commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations for Wandsworth. If you would like to make a submission, please do so by February 17, 2020."
The Review Officer (Wandsworth)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
1st Floor, Windsor House
50 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0TL
Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal:
Notes for editors:
1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structures.
2. The Commission has a legal duty to carry out an electoral review of each council in England ‘from time to time’. Wandsworth Council has not been reviewed since 1999 and the Commission has therefore decided that it should review Wandsworth in advance of the elections in 2022.The types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:
- Do the proposed wards reflect local communities?
- How do you think the proposals can be improved whilst maintaining electoral equality?
- Are the names of the proposed wards right?
3. Residents have from October 29 until February 17, 2020 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Wandsworth should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in March 2020. Once the Commission agrees its final recommendations it will lay a draft order in both Houses of Parliament. Parliament will then have 40 days in which to consider the recommendations. If both Houses are satisfied with the recommendations, the draft order will be ‘made’ and the new wards will come into effect at the council elections in May 2022.