|Have Your Say On Proposed Ward Changes in Ealing|
Boundary Commission is seeking views over political map alterations
(Proposed boundary changes)
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is proposing changes to the ward set-up in Ealing which could see significant changes to the current arrangement. They are proposing a new ward and an additional councillor for the area.
In July 2018, the Commission is began a three-year programme of electoral reviews of London Boroughs, that it has not reviewed in the last 5 years. Ealing was last reviewed in 1999.
All London boroughs, except Southwark Council, Tower Hamlets Council, the London Borough of Bexley, Croydon Council, Redbridge Council, Hackney Council, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the City of London, will be reviewed by 2020.
In Ealing it is proposed that the current ward set up would undergo a variety of name and boundary changes with Northfield ward becoming South Ealing, Elthorne - Hanwell Broadway, Hobbayne - North Hanwell, Cleveland - Pitshanger and Central Greenford would become known as Greenford Green. In Southall a new ward would be created by dividing the current Southall Broadway into two and introducing West Southall.
Acton would also face a number of changes, Acton Central would disappear and be absorbed into the larger new North Acton ward. Southfield would become Acton Green.
The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Ealing should have 70 councillors in future: this is one more than now. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent 22 three-councillor wards and two two-councillor wards across the borough
A 10-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 15 April 2019. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Ealing.
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.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Ealing and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.
“Over the next ten weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.
“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people, so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same, regardless of where you live.
“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Ealing and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government for local people.
“We will consider all the submissions we receive, whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole of Ealing or just a part of it. "
The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations for Ealing. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, write or email by 15 April 2019.
The Review Officer (Ealing)
6 February 2019