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New political map for Reading Borough Council

29th September 2020

Reading Borough Council is set to have new boundaries for its council wards.

image of new Reading wards

 

                                                                                                    New wards for Reading Borough 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/South%20East/Berkshire/Reading/FInal%20recs/Wo%20Labels.pdf

 

The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed Reading Borough 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 Reading. It says residents should be represented by 48 councillors. This is two more than current arrangements.

There will be 16 wards, and three councillors per ward. All wards except Park ward will change. 

 

Publishing the recommendations Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:

“We are very grateful to people in Reading. 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.” 

 

49 people and organisations made comments to help decide the new wards. Changes in response to what local people said include: 

The centre of Caversham moves from Thames ward to Caversham ward.

All residential properties on Northcourt Avenue will be within Church ward, while the university buildings will remain in Redlands ward.

The Commission has made further changes to its earlier proposals. Details can be found on its website at http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/berkshire/reading. 

Parliament now needs to agree the changes. The new arrangements will then apply for the 2022 council elections.  

 

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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/18202

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