The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Tower Hamlets.
Today’s publication follows an eight-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across the borough.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Tower Hamlets should be represented by 45 councillors in the future, six fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent seven three-member wards, eleven two-member wards and two single-member wards.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of Tower Hamlets who took the time and effort to send us their views. The Commission considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising these recommendations.
“Across the borough, we have sought to balance the views expressed to us by local people with the criteria we must apply when we are deciding on new electoral arrangements. As such, we believe these recommendations deliver electoral equality for voters as well as reflecting the identities of communities across Tower Hamlets.”
In response to the views submitted during the consultation, the Commission proposes some changes to the draft recommendations it put forward last November.
Instead of Spitalfields ward, the Commission proposes the name Spitalfields & Banglatown. In place of its draft recommendation for a Stepney East ward, the Commission now proposes the name St Dunstan’s. The Commission also proposes to rename Stepney West ward as Stepney Green.
In its draft recommendations, the Commission had recommended a Poplar North ward. In response to the evidence presented to it, the Commission now proposes that the ward is called Lansbury and that the Poplar South ward should be called Poplar.
On the Isle of Dogs, the Commission now proposes the name Canary Wharf in place of West India ward and Island Gardens ward instead of Millwall.
The Commission’s final recommendations also make minor changes to some of the boundaries it put forward last November. For example, Victoria Park will now be divided between Bow East and Bow West rather than included entirely in Bow East.
The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the next few months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2014.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected and – separately - for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
2. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/greater-london/tower-hamlets-fer Or at consultation.lgbce.org.uk
3. The electoral review of Tower Hamlets Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which was carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.