Extra chance to have say on council boundaries for Harrow
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a new phase of public consultation in its review of Harrow’s council ward boundaries.
The consultation focuses on new proposals for ward boundaries in Harrow Weald and Wealdstone.
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Local people have until 29 April 2019 to have their say on the proposals before the Commission finalises its recommendations for new wards across the whole borough in June.
In December 2018, the Commission opened a public consultation on proposals for new ward boundaries across Harrow. In response to local feedback on the plans, the Commission has decided to make significant changes to their boundary proposals in Harrow Weald and Wealdstone. Due to the extent of the proposed changes, the Commission is holding an extra round of consultation in those areas before it finalises the recommendations.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We listened carefully to all the views put to us in the previous consultation and have made significant changes to the original recommendations in central and northern parts of the borough.
“We are now asking local people to log on to our website to tell us what they think about these proposals before we publish final recommendations for the whole of the Harrow in June.”
In response to local feedback during the last phase of public consultation, the Commission has decided to change its proposals in central and northern parts of the borough. In the north of the borough, local people and organisations opposed the Commission’s previous proposal for a Harrow Weald ward as it did not reflect the whole community. The Commission has therefore changed its recommendations so that the ward would extend south of Long Elmes to include areas that share community ties with the rest of Harrow Weald.
The Commission had also previously proposed a Wealdstone East ward alongside a Wealdstone West ward but local submissions argued that the proposed boundary between the wards would divide the shopping centre in Wealdstone. The new proposals create a Wealdstone North ward and Wealdstone South ward which better reflect local community ties.
The consultation is limited to the Commission’s new proposals in Harrow Weald and Wealdstone. Details of the recommendations, including maps of the proposals, are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/greater-london/greater-london/harrow and at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/13739.
Residents can have their say in writing:
The Review Officer (Harrow)
1st floor, Windsor House
50 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0TL
Or email: [email protected]
For further information contact:
Press Office: 0330 500 1250 / 1525
Notes to editors:
- The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structures.
- Residents have from 2 April until 29 April 2019 to have their say on the new proposals. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in June 2019. Once the Commission agrees its final recommendations it will lay a draft order in both Houses of Parliament. Parliament will then have 40 days in which to consider the recommendations. If both Houses are satisfied with the recommendations, the draft order will be ‘made’ and the new wards will come into effect at the council elections in 2022.
- The Commission is satisfied that it has received sufficient evidence to finalise new ward boundaries for the rest of Harrow and aims to publish a full set of final recommendations for the council in June.