Final proposals for wards shake-up welcomed by Redbridge councillors

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:47 08 November 2016

A map showing the new wards

A map showing the new wards

Ian Bond

Final recommendations for the borough’s wards changes were published today by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE).

The LGBCE proposes new wards of Ilford Town in the south of the borough and Churchfields, South Woodford, Wanstead Village and Wanstead Park in the west, replacing Church End, Roding, Snaresbrook and Wanstead wards.

With the total number of councillors remaining at 63, the report recommends that 19 three-member and three two-members wards are represented, raising the total to 22 rather than the existing 21.

“I welcome the recommendations,” said council leader Cllr Jas Athwal.

“It’s of critical importance that we make sure each councillor represents a similar number of residents, and that the number of members for each ward is evenly balanced.

“The additional ward of Ilford Town will mean there is fair representation for the increased number of residents, which will expand rapidly in line with the regeneration of the area.”

Recommendations include two councillors representing Wanstead Park and Monkhams and, in contrast to draft proposals, the area around Charlie Brown’s Roundabout will become part of South Woodford ward rather than Wanstead Village, which will now incorporate Snaresbrook.

Liberal Democrats group leader Cllr Ian Bond added: “I am pleased that the commission has taken account of our view, which was supported by residents in both South Woodford and Wanstead.

“The commission’s decision reflects the areas where people feel that they live, which in London north of the river almost always tends to focus around the nearest Tube station.”

Conservative group leader Cllr Paul Canal also welcomed the news, describing the changes as a “road map to victory” for his party in May 2018.

“This review puts our group firmly on an election footing,” he said.

“The decision by the LGBCE to exclude the 20,000 departed and fraudulent from the electoral register was key to ensuring electoral balance between all wards.

“We are looking forward to the next 18 months.”

Commission chair Prof Colin Mellors said he believed the recommendations will deliver electoral equality for voters, as well as reflect the identities of communities.

The proposals must now be implemented by Parliament.

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