Review of the number of councillors and ward boundaries
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) are conducting a review of Hounslow Council’s electoral arrangements.
The LGBCE are conducting the review as the council meets one of the Commission’s intervention criteria of some of the wards in the borough having an electorate of +/-10% from the average electorate for the authority. The last review of Hounslow Council’s electoral arrangements took place in 1999.
The LGBCE will be examining the total number of councillors elected to the Council and the number of councillors for each ward. They will also be reviewing the number of electoral of wards in the borough for the purposes of the election of councillors, plus the naming of the wards.
In early 2019, the LGBCE will be asking the public for their views on Hounslow’s electoral arrangements. We will publish more details on the public consultation on this page in due course.
The LGBCE will produce draft recommendations in mid-2019, these recommendations will be open for public consultation.
The final recommendations will be produced by the LGBCE and put before Parliament in autumn 2019. If Parliament accepts the final recommendations, new ward boundaries will take effect in the borough from the date of the next UK Parliamentary elections, which are currently scheduled to take place in May 2022.
The timetable for the review will be as follows:
|Stage||Review Stage||Council||LGBCE||Key Dates|
|Preliminary||Initial meetings||Leader, Chief Executive||Chair, Chief Executive||29th May 2018|
|Officer Briefings||Council officers involved in review||Review Manager, Review Officer||26th June 2018|
|Group Leader Briefings||Council group leaders||Lead Commissioner, Review Manager, Review Officer|
|Full Council Briefings||All councillors||Lead Commissioner, Review Manager, Review Officer|
|Community Groups Briefings||-||Review Manager, Review Officer||
14th November 2018
|Council Size||Develop council size proposal||Council/groups||-||
Draft version due mid October 2018Final version due mid November 2018
|Commission Meeting - council size decision||-||Commission||18 December 2018|
|Warding patterns||Develop warding/division patterns proposal||Council / groups / public||08 January – 18 March 2019|
|Commission Meeting - draft recommendations||-||Commission||21 May 2019|
|Consultation on draft recommendations||Council / groups / public||-||4 June - 12 August 2019|
|Commission Meeting - final recommendations||-||Commission||15 October 2019|
|Order laid||-||Commission||November 2019|
NB Key Dates for the local authority are shown in Bold
For more information on how electoral reviews work, please go to http://www.lgbce.org.uk/how-reviews-work.