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Have your say on new political map of Kingston upon Thames

16th June 2020

New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Kingston upon Thames Council

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

 

image of Kingston wards

Proposed wards for Kingston upon Thames

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/Kingston/New%20Draft%20Recs/Kingston_upon_Thames_D_SO_June.pdf

 

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Kingston upon Thames 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 proposals for changes to Kingston upon Thames. It is proposing that there should be 10 three-councillor wards, and nine two-councillor wards.

Proposed changes include:

A significant move from uniform three-member wards across the borough to a mixture of two and three-member wards. This means wards can more closely represent local communities.

All existing wards will change. There will be new Canbury Gardens and Kingston Gate wards and two new wards in New Malden. No wards will cross the A3, reflecting evidence that it is a hard border between communities.

  

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

“We want people in Kingston upon Thames to help us.

“We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Kingston upon Thames. 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/18273

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

 

LGBCE c/o

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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/18273

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