The Local Boundary Commission for England on 1st October launched a consultation into potential changes to the boundaries for 17 council wards in the city of Westminster. The consultation will last until 9th December and is open for Westminster residents to express their opinions on wards including their boundaries and names.
Under draft proposals put forward by the Commission Westminster will now have 18 wards with three representatives each for a total of 54. This is a decrease of 6 from the present number of 60. Westminster has not undergone a boundary review since 1999 and therefore it was thought wise to update the boundaries before the 2022 London local elections.
The goal of the proposed changes is to ensure that each ward is roughly equal in population to ensure that each resident’s votes are equal in weight. It is also important that the new wards represent communities of identity and interest in the city.
The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.
The Commission’s final recommendations will be published in March 2020 and then will be sent to Parliament to be considered and then, subject to Parliament’s satisfaction, be put into effect.
If you would like to make a submission to the Commission you can write or email them until 9th December.