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New political map for Waltham Forest Council

1st December 2020

News Release from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

 

Embargoed until: 00:01 01 December 2020

 

New political map for Waltham Forest Council

 

Waltham Forest is set to have new boundaries for its council wards.

 

 

New wards for Waltham Forest

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/Waltham%20Forest/Draft%20Recs/Waltham_Forest_Launch_WebsiteMap_FinalRecs_A4P-labels.jpg   

 

The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed Waltham Forest 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 Waltham Forest. It says residents should be represented by 60 councillors, the same as now. The boundaries of all existing wards should change. There will be 22 wards, two more than there are now. It is recommending that there will be 16 three-councillor wards and six two-councillor wards across the borough. Waltham Forest has moved away from a uniform pattern of three-councillor wards, based on locally generated proposals that recommended a mixed warding pattern.

 

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

 

“We are very grateful to people in Waltham Forest. 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.” 

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

The creation of two-councillor Hale End & Highams Park South; Wood Street and Upper Walthamstow wards, which reflects evidence opposing a ward that crosses the A406, North Circular.

We are also making a small change to the boundary between Chapel End and William Morris to reflect evidence from local residents.

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/waltham-forest

 

Parliament now needs to agree the changes. The new arrangements will then apply for the May 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 press@lgbce.org.uk

An interactive map is available at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/16843   

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