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Have your say on a new political map for Havering Council

12th January 2021

New boundaries are being proposed for wards in Havering Council.

The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. An eight week consultation on the proposals will run until 08 March 2021.

 

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Proposed wards for Havering Council

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2021

High resolution map available at https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/Greater%20London/Havering/NDR/Wo%20labels.pdf

 

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Havering to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively. It consulted on initial proposals between July and October last year.

After considering responses to its consultation, the Commission has refined its initial proposals for changes to Havering Council. Its initial proposal that there should be 20 wards remains. Refinements include moving from 14 three-councillor and six two-councillor wards to 15 three-councillor and five two-councillor wards. This means we now propose Havering should have 55 councillors in future, rather than 54 as originally proposed. In the refined proposals the boundaries of all wards except Upminster will change. 

 

Proposed changes include:

Upminster to retain its existing warding boundaries.

Reinstating Squirrels Heath ward, following submissions expressing concern that the distinct community would be split under our initial proposals.

   

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

“We want people in Havering to help us.

“We have drawn up refined proposals for new wards in Havering. 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, their boundaries and the number of councillors per ward: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/19555.

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

Review Officer (Havering)

LGBCE

PO Box 133

Blyth

NE24 9FE

 

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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/19555

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