Local electoral arrangements finalised for Sutton
Sutton Council is set to have new boundaries for its council wards.
New wards for Sutton
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The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed Sutton 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 Sutton. It says residents should be represented by 55 councillors. This is one more than the current arrangement.
There will be 15 three-councillor wards and five two-councillor wards. The boundaries of all ward will change.
Publishing the recommendations Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We are very grateful to people in Sutton. 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.”
57 people and organisations made comments to help decide the new wards.
Changes in response to what local people said include:
Sutton West ward has been renamed Sutton West & East Cheam to reflect local communities after the Commission received comments from residents in the area who felt that they lived in Cheam, rather than Sutton.
The boundary between Belmont ward and Sutton West & East Cheam ward has been moved to the railway line. The Commission was persuaded by strong evidence that argued this was a natural divide between communities.
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/sutton
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]
An interactive map is available at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/17016
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