While we’ve all been busy focussing on the Local Development Plan there is also due to be a Ward shake up in Redbridge. Earlier this year the LGBCE (Local Government Boundary Commission for England) invited submissions, (which can be found published in full here), and they have now published their Draft Recommendations (which can be found here) for a public consultation which runs until 22 August with the Final Report being published on 8 November.
Overall it seems to be quite sensible and they have made some positive alterations. However, there are still quite a lot of anomalies.
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The Commission’s Aims
The aim of the electoral review is to recommend ward boundaries that mean each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters. We also aim to ensure that the pattern of wards reflects the interests and identities of local communities as well as promoting effective local government and based on strong easily identifiable boundaries.
The good bits
If we do go back to having Area Committees the little problem in the west of the borough is resolved. We now have a clear dividing line in the 10-lane chasm that is the A406. The problem is then transferred to Ilford South where the new ward “Ilford Town” would have to be in a 4 ward Area, but with the 3 wards to the north or 3 to the south?
Wanstead High Street will no longer be in Snaresbrook. It will be in a new ward called Wanstead Village.
South Woodford town centre will no longer be split between two wards, (neither of which was called South Woodford) and the new ward of Snaresbrook and South Woodford will cover both sides of the railway line, as does the new Ilford Town ward.
Valentines Park, Valentines Mansion and Valentines School are being moved from Cranbrook to Valentines ward. But the Valentine Pub is moving from Newbury to Cranbrook.
The remaining anomalies
While Ilford and South Woodford town centres have been recognised as specific entities, Barkingside and Gants Hill town centres have not. Barkingside Town Centre remains split between two wards not of that name (Fullwell and Fairlop) and Gants Hill Town Centre remains split between three wards (Barkingside, Cranbrook and Valentines).
Hainault Station is in Fairlop.
Most of Fairlop Plain, including Fairlop Waters, is in Aldborough.
Barkingside and Newbury Park stations are in Aldborough as is Barkingside Barnados.
Most of Barkingside is split between Fullwell and Fairlop.
Fullwell will have three identities, Woodford (IG8) to the west, Barkingside (IG6) to the east and Clayhall (IG5) in the middle.
Clayhall ward is mostly Redbridge (IG4) but we can’t call it that because it is also the name of the borough and another Ward in Southampton.