Wandsworth Labour submits new ward plan to boundary review

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Wandsworth Labour’s proposal for new ward boundaries for the borough

Wandsworth is a great place to live. Its strong, diverse communities represent the best of modern London.

Wandsworth’s council wards were last changed in 2002. The Labour Party in Wandsworth welcomes the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s review of Wandsworth’s wards and notes its recommendation that there should be a reduction from 60 councillors to 58 for future elections.

Our submission sets out the thinking of the Wandsworth Labour Group of councillors and how our proposed new wards meets the criteria set out in law. Download the Wandsworth Labour submission to the boundary review.

Boundaries matter: in the 2018 elections Labour won more votes than any other party – but the Conservatives got a seven-seat majority on the council.

Our boundary proposals are based on fairness and common sense.

To ensure fairness, each new ward is within 5% of the target size so that every voter has the same representation. The wards are based on the public’s common sense view of the community they live in. Places that go with the grain of everyday experience, such as Balham, Tooting Broadway, Southfields, Battersea Park and Nine Elms.

To set ward boundaries, we’ve used existing landmarks such as railway lines, main roads, our green open spaces and the river Wandle. Every effort has been made to respect conservation areas, residents’ associations and parishes where possible.

Three-councillor wards are the default, to reflect the strong preference of local people and current councillors to have a team of three people representing each ward. Two-councillor wards are used where there is a clear case they give better representation.

We’ve used our knowledge from working in the community in every part of the borough to inform our proposals. Thank you to the many local people who have already shaped this plan.

We’re publishing this document publicly to encourage debate and engagement.

You can have your say now on the Boundary Commission website, deadline is August 5: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/16790

Author: Wandsworth Labour

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