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Further draft recommendations for Merton Council

16th June 2020

New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in the eastern area of Merton.

 

The Commission is proposing changes for the wards of Colliers Wood and Lavender Fields. The Commission believes it has received sufficient evidence in relation to the rest of the borough. Therefore, this period of further limited consultation focuses on these areas only.

 

The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 6-week consultation on the proposals will run until 27 July 2020.

 

Proposed wards for Colliers Wood and Lavender Fields

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2020

High resolution map available at https://go.aws/2BWLmGF

 

 

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Merton to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.

 

In response to local feedback during public consultation, the Commission has made changes to some of the proposals it published in December 2019.

 

The area surrounding Liberty Avenue has been moved into Colliers Wood ward, after the Commission received persuasive evidence arguing that this area is part of the Colliers Wood community. In order to maintain electoral balance between the wards, we have moved an area in the north west of Colliers Wood ward into Lavender Wood ward. We would especially welcome submissions from people in the area around Fleming Mead, which has been moved from Colliers Wood to Lavender Fields, to tell us what they think of the changes.

  

Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:

 

“We want people in Merton to help us.

“We have drawn up proposals for new wards in the eastern area of Merton. 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 and their boundaries.

https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/greater-london/greater-london/merton

 

People can also give their views by e-mail at [email protected], and by post:

 

Review Officer (Merton)

LGBCE c/o

Innovation House

Coniston Court

Riverside Business Park

Blyth

NE24 4RP

 

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Notes to editors: 

For further information contact the Commission’s press office on 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email [email protected]

An interactive map is available at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/16844

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent body accountable to Parliament. It recommends fair electoral and boundary arrangements for local authorities in England. In doing so, it aims to:

  • Make sure that, within an authority, each councillor represents a similar number of electors
  • Create boundaries that are appropriate, and reflect community ties and identities
  • Deliver reviews informed by local needs, views and circumstances