The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Croydon Council.
This follows public consultation on draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Croydon.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Croydon should be represented by 70 councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent fifteen three-councillor wards, twelve two-councillor wards and one one-councillor ward across the borough.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said,
“We are extremely grateful to people across Croydon who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.
We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout Croydon.”
In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has made changes to some of its proposals.
In the Addiscombe area, the Commission had previously proposed an Addiscombe West & Park Hill ward alongside an Addiscombe East ward. Both wards would have been represented by three councillors. However, local feedback suggested that the wards did not accurately reflect local community ties. The Commission has listened to the evidence and now proposes an Addiscombe East ward to be represented by two councillors. Alongside it is an Addiscombe West ward, to be represented by three councillors. In addition, the Commission proposes a Park Hill & Whitgift ward to be represented by one councillor. The Commission believes the pattern of wards reflects local feedback and the shape of community identities in this part of Croydon.
In the west of the borough, the Commission has also moved away from its proposal for a Bensham Manor East, Bensham Manor West and West Thornton ward. All of the wards would have been represented by two councillors. During consultation, the Commission received persuasive evidence that the current pattern of wards was a better reflection of community ties. The Commission has therefore moved away from its draft proposals here in favour of two three-councillor wards called West Thornton and Bensham Manor.
The Commission also received persuasive evidence on its proposed South Croydon ward and has made changes to it. For example, the final recommendations propose that the Essenden Road area should be part of the South Croydon ward rather than Sanderstead ward. In addition, the Commission heard that the Pampisford Road area shared closer community interests with the South Croydon ward than with Waddon ward. The Commission has made both changes as part of its final recommendations.
In central Croydon, the Commission heard that its proposed Central ward should be called Fairfield ward. The Commission has made this change as part of the final proposals.
Full details of the final recommendations are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk.
The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2018.
Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at:www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/greater-london/croydon.
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.
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