New political map for Kingston upon Thames Council
News Release from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England
Embargoed until: 00:01 03 November 2020
NEW POLITICAL MAP FOR ROYAL BOROUGH OF KINGSTON UPON THAMES COUNCIL
Kingston upon Thames Council is set to have new boundaries for its council wards.
New wards for Kingston upon Thames Council
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High-resolution map available at https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/Greater%20London/Kingston/KUT%20Final%20recs%20map%20wards%20with%20labels.jpg
The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed Kingston 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 Kingston upon Thames. It says residents should be represented by 48 councillors. This is no change from the current arrangement.
There will be 19 wards made up of 10 three-councillor and 9 two-councillor wards. Previously Kingston had a uniform pattern of 16 three-member wards. All the wards will change and have different boundaries.
Publishing the recommendations Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We are very grateful to people in Kingston upon Thames. 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.”
40 people and organisations made comments to help decide the new wards. Changes in response to what local people said include ensuring that no ward crosses the A3.
The Commission has revised its earlier proposals with one change to the boundaries and five name changes. Details can be found on its website at: https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/greater-london/greater-london/kingston-upon-thames
Parliament now needs to agree the changes. The new arrangements will then apply for the council elections in May 2022.
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://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/North%20East/Stockton-On-Tees/Existing%20wards%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