Boundary proposals could see significant changes

Public encouraged to share thoughts on newly proposed boundary lines

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By Luchia Robinson

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has launched initial proposals for new constituency boundaries across the country.

The 2023 Boundary Review was launched in January; but the initial proposals were published last month.

Residents are now being asked to view the maps outlining the proposed boundary lines, and to share their feedback and suggestions as part of the independent review.

Colin Byrne, commissioner of the BCE, has said that population changes since the last review in 2018 have resulted in the number of electors in some constituencies being now ‘much higher, or lower, than in other constituencies.’

He added that the review will “rebalance the number of electors in each constituency to make them roughly equal and bring them within the range set down by parliament. This will implement parliament’s wish to ensure that individual votes in parliamentary elections are of broadly equal weight.”

These required changes will see the number of constituencies in England increase from 533 to 543, meaning changes will be made to the boundaries of most existing constituencies, although the scale of the changes will vary from place to place.

The initial proposals suggest including electoral wards Brownswood and Woodberry Down (currently within the Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency) in the Tottenham constituency. Bruce Castle, Hermitage and Gardens, South Tottenham, and Tottenham Central have been defined as new ward areas, taking the current nine wards of Tottenham to a potential eleven in total.

It’s also proposed that current Tottenham wards: White Hart Lane and West Green become part of the Hornsey and Wood Green constituency; while current Hornsey and Wood Green wards: Fortis Green, Highgate, and Muswell Hill are proposed to become part of the intended new electoral seat, Finchley and Muswell Hill constituency.

There will be two more rounds of consultation next year, then the review will conclude with a formal report and recommendations to parliament in June 2023.

Tim Bowden, secretary to the BCE, said: “We consider all feedback received during the consultation process, and it is your local knowledge that helps us to shape constituencies that best reflect your local area.

“During the last review, we changed over half of our proposals to reflect the local knowledge submitted by the public during the consultation process. It is now over to you to tell us whether your area is best represented in the boundaries and constituency names we have proposed; and if not, how these can be improved.

“We will need the help of residents in all regions to ensure that our proposals take account of local ties and best reflect the geography on the ground. Everyone’s views will help us recommend a well considered and practical set of new constituency boundaries in England.”

Proposed ward areas:

Tottenham Borough Constituency

  • Brownswood
  • Bruce Castle
  • Harringay
  • Hermitage and Gardens
  • Northumberland Park
  • Seven Sisters
  • South Tottenham
  • St Ann’s
  • Tottenham Central
  • Tottenham Hale
  • Woodberry Down

Hornsey and Wood Green Borough Constituency

  • Alexandra Park
  • Bounds Green
  • Crouch End
  • Hornsey
  • Noel Park
  • Stroud Green
  • West Green
  • White Hart Lane
  • Woodside

The consultation is open until Monday, 2nd August 2021. To view the maps, find more information and submit your feedback:
Visit bcereviews.org.uk