The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has started a six-week consultation of local residents on plans to re-draw a council boundary that currently divides neighbours in roads around Gresley Way, Stevenage.
At present, parts of Gordian Way, Neptune Gate and Trajan Gate are represented by East Hertfordshire District Council while other parts are represented by Stevenage Borough Council. The boundary currently cuts through properties and gardens and divides the local community.
Chair of the Commission, Max Caller said, “We are proposing that all the properties bounded by Gresley Way should be united in the borough of Stevenage.
“We’ve taken a common sense approach to an issue where the boundary hasn’t kept pace with development in the local area. We now want to hear whether the residents affected by the proposed change agree with our recommendation.
“We believe that the current boundary could be confusing, it doesn’t promote effective local government and it splits a community. That’s why we’re proposing to take action.”
The Commission is recommending that the boundary between East Hertfordshire District Council and Stevenage Borough Council should be moved so that properties in Gordian Way, Neptune Gate and Trajan Gate are wholly contained in Stevenage Borough. The Commission’s proposal would mean transferring 19 properties which are in East Hertfordshire District into Stevenage Borough. The proposal also means that a further 15 households whose homes or gardens are currently split by the boundary would be wholly in Stevenage Borough.
The Commission was approached by both East Hertfordshire District Council and Stevenage Borough Council in 2011 who pointed out the apparent boundary anomaly and asked the Commission to consider carrying out a review.
The Commission is consulting local people and interested organisations until 6 March 2012. It aims to make final recommendations for any changes to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in April or May 2012. The Secretary of State will take the final decision on whether any changes should be implemented, and when.
To view the Commission’s proposal for the area around Gresley Way, Stevenage, you can view the full report and map on the East Hertfordshire & Stevenage review page.
To have your say on the proposal, contact:The Review Officer (East Hertfordshire & Stevenage) Local Government Boundary Commission for England Layden House 76-86 Turnmill Street London EC1M 5LG