The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) are carrying out a review of ward boundaries in a number of (but not all) London Boroughs. The intent is to confirm that wards have approximately the same number of voters and ensure that the ward boundaries reflect the interests and identities of local communities. In addition to the boundaries, the names of wards might also be changed.
The LGBCE are “minded to confirm” the number of councillors will remain at 63.
The LGBCE now wish to hear from the public views about where boundaries should be drawn. Views need to be submitted by 4th February 2019. Thereafter, a draft report will be produced, which will go out to consultation between 30th April and 8th July 2019. Any changes are intended to be in-place for local elections in 2022.
Specifics for Bush Hill Park Ward
The LGBCE have published current and projected (voting) population figures for the five polling districts of our ward (ZKA-E). The overall population at 2018 was 10,463. This is projected to rise to 11,619 by 2024 (+11%).
The five polling districts are, roughly,
ZKA: northern part of the Ward (Abbey Rd and Wellington Road)
ZKB: Park Avenue to Salmon’s Brook
ZKC: Salmon’s Brook to Southern edge Firs Farm recreation ground
ZKD: Firs Farm ground to Hedge Lane
ZKE: St Marks Road, Leighton Road, East Crescent
The important points to consider are:
- Has the number of voters per councillor radically changed?
- Has the identity of the Ward changed significantly?
- Is the name of the Ward appropriate?
Other points to consider are:
Should the LGBCE’s view that the number of councillors is right be challenged? Should there be a reduction in the size of the Council to, say, 2 councillors per ward?
More details can be found on-line at http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/greater-london/greater-london/enfield