Have your say on a new political map for Merton Borough council
New political map for the London Borough of Merton
Merton is set to have new boundaries for its council wards.
New wards for MERTON COUNCIL
Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2020
High resolution map available at: https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/Greater%20London/Merton/FDR/Merton%20Summary%20final.pdf
The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed Merton Council to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.
The Commission has published final recommendations for changes in Merton Council. It says residents should be represented by 57 councillors. This is three fewer than there are now. There will be 20 wards, comprising three two-councillor wards and 17 three-councillor wards. The boundaries of most wards will change.
Publishing the recommendations Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We are very grateful to people in Merton. We looked at all the views they gave us. They helped us improve our earlier proposals.
“We believe the new arrangements will guarantee electoral fairness while maintaining local ties.”
567 comments and submissions were made by local residents and organisations. Changes in response to what local people said include:
• Aylward Road and the surrounding area has been restored back into Merton Park ward due to comments made by local residents who felt there was little in common with the community in Cannon Hill.
• The boundary between Hillside and Village wards has reverted to the existing boundary on The Ridgway, after representations from local residents and community groups who felt the proposed boundary would divide a single community.
The Commission has made further changes to its earlier proposals. Details can be found on its website at https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/greater-london/greater-london/merton
Parliament now needs to agree the changes. The new arrangements will then apply for the 2022 council elections.
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For further information contact the Commission’s press office on 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email [email protected]
A detailed map is available at: https://www.lgbce.org.uk/_flysystem/s3/2020-10/Merton%20FR%20with%20labels.jpg
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