Have your say on new political map of Merton
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Merton to comment on its draft recommendations for new council ward boundaries.
The Commission’s plans would mean changes to most wards in Merton.
Illustrate your story with a map of the recommendations. High res version available at: https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/Greater%20London/Merton/Draft%20Recs/Merton%20DR%20for%20Launch%20-%20No%20labels.jpg
Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2019
An eleven-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 2 March 2020. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Merton.
The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Merton should have 57 councillors in future: this is three fewer than now. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent 17 three-councillor wards and three two-councillor wards across the borough.
The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Merton and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.
“Over the next 11 weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.
“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people, so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same, regardless of where you live.
“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Merton and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government for local people.
“We will consider all the submissions we receive, whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole borough or just a part of it.
The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations for Merton. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 2 March 2020.
The Review Officer (Merton)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
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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.
The Commission has a legal duty to conduct an electoral review of every local authority in England ‘from time to time’. Like many other London boroughs, Merton has not undergone a review since 1999. The Commission has therefore decided to complete a review before the next scheduled London local elections in 2022.
The types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:
Do the proposed wards reflect local communities?
How do you think the proposals can be improved whilst maintaining electoral equality?
Are the names of the proposed wards right?
Residents have from 17 December until 2 March 2020 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Merton should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in 2 June 2020. 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 May 2022.