The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards across the London Borough of Hounslow.
Published: Friday, 11th January 2019
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards across the London Borough of Hounslow. The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the council.
The Commission announced that Hounslow Council should have 60 councillors in future, with no change from the current arrangements. However, residents now have the opportunity to give their feedback on where the ward boundaries should be, taking into account local communities and facilities such as shops, libraries and other amenities.
Cllr Pritam Grewal, Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Corporate Performance, Hounslow Council, said:
“We are delighted that our business case for continuing with 60 councillors across the borough has been accepted by the Commission. This means we can continue to serve our residents effectively. However, we now also have the opportunity to influence the boundaries of each ward, and will be submitting our recommendation once it has been ratified at a special Borough Council meeting in March.
“We would urge our residents to also submit their own recommendations to the Commission by Monday 18 March, following the information and guidance provided by the Commission at www.lgbce.org.uk.”
In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Hounslow.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Hounslow. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
“If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Hounslow, then this consultation is for you.
“If you’re interested in the way the council is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.”