Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Consultation opens on new ward boundaries for Brent with 6 fewer councillors

From the Local Government Boundary Commission


Today is the start of a 10-week public consultation on proposals for new council wards and ward boundaries for Brent Council. 
Our consultation will close on 5 November 2018. 
After we have considered all representations made to us during this consultation, we intend to publish draft recommendations in January 2019. 
We will then hold a further period of consultation on our draft recommendations. Our final recommendations are expected to be published in May 2019. 
The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in May 2022.
If you represent a local organisation or community group in Brent, please pass this message on to your members or anyone who you think might be interested in the review. You can share the message by email or through social media by using the buttons at the bottom right of the page.

What is an electoral review?

Our electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Brent Council. We will propose:
  • the total number of councillors elected to the council in the future;
  • the number of wards;
  • the number of councillors representing each ward;
  • ward boundaries; and
  • the names of wards.
How to get involved

This is a public consultation and we welcome views from individuals and organisations across Brent on where they think new ward boundaries should be drawn.

We are minded to recommend that 57 councillors should be elected to Brent Council in the future. 
This is 6 fewer than the current number of councillors. 
We are now inviting proposals to help us draw up a pattern of wards to accommodate 57 councillors.
In drawing up new electoral wards, we must balance three legal criteria, namely:
  • to deliver electoral equality: where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the borough;
  • that the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities;
  • that the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.
We will treat all submissions equally, and judge each case on its merits and against the legal criteria. 
If you wish to put forward a view, we would also urge you to ensure that evidence supports your submission. 
For example, if you wish to argue that two areas should be included in the same electoral ward, make sure you tell us why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations, and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together.
There is more advice on our website about how you can get involved in the consultation. 
Our website features technical guidance that explains the process and our policies, as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process. 
We have also set up a webpage dedicated to the review of Brent Council, where you can find all the relevant information.
You can also access interactive maps of the current ward boundaries across Brent on our specialist consultation portal. The portal also allows you to draw your own boundaries, mark areas of interest on the map and upload documents directly to the site. 

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 Brent.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Brent. 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 off Brent, then this consultation is for you.

“If you’re interested in the way the borough is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.

“Your views will make a difference. 

“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review, whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Brent or just a small part of the borough.

“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in January 2019.”

Local people have until 5 November 2018 to submit their views.


Anonymous said...

Suggestion - reduce the number of councillors by getting rid of Kenton Ward, so that Brent is a One Party State?

Anonymous said...

Kenton gives some hope to the future of politics in Brent - the Labour majority have become far too complacent with a lack of opposition.