New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Waltham Forest Council.
The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A ten week consultation on the proposals will run until 14 September 2020.
The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Waltham Forest to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.
The Commission previously invited comments on draft proposals in December last year. It then discovered that some local submissions early in the review process had not been properly taken into account. Its new draft proposals reflect both comments made in those early submissions and comments received as part of the consultation it launched in December.
The Commission is proposing that there should be 21 wards, and two or three councillors per ward. The boundaries of all the existing wards should change
Proposed changes include:
After receiving strong evidence that Higham Hill Road should not be divided between wards it will now form part of Higham Hill ward.
Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We want people in Waltham Forest to help us.
“We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Waltham Forest. We want to make sure these new electoral arrangements reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.
“Residents and local organisations can help us do that. We would like them to let us know whether they agree with our proposals before we take final decisions.
“It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us.
“Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved”
The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can see the detail of the proposals and comment on the names of wards, their boundaries and the number of councillors per ward: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/16843
People can also give their views by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by post:
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