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Residents consulted on Gresley Way boundary quirk

24th January 2012

Residents consulted on Gresley Way boundary quirk

2012-01-24T12:05:58+00:00

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


Or email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk 

 

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Notes to editors:

  • 1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, and for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
  • 2. The LGBCE is carrying out a principal area boundary review (PABR) of the boundary between East Hertfordshire District council and Stevenage Borough Council. A PABR is a review of the external boundaries of two or more local authorities to promote convenient and effective local government. Reviews of this kind range from addressing minor boundary anomalies that hinder effective service delivery to whole-council mergers.
  • 3. Further guidance on PABRs is available on the About principle area boundary reviews page.