The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is the independent body currently reviewing ward boundaries within Camden.
Local Government electoral reviews are conducted to look at whether the boundaries of wards or divisions within a local authority need to be altered to ensure effective local government and electoral equality. Electoral equality is achieved when all councillors represent roughly the same number of electors. These reviews are taking place across London.
Number of councillors
In November, the Commission announced that Camden should have 54 councillors in future: no change from the current arrangements.
This proposal was in line with our submission to the Commission, agreed by Full Council on 8 October 2018.
During the next stage in the process, the Commission asked the public for their views on the warding arrangements of Camden in the form of a three month consultation period. In particular, they wanted to hear opinions on:
- the number of wards or divisions
- the names of wards or divisions
- where the boundaries between wards or divisions should lie
- the number of councillors for each ward or division.
The consultation period ran from 27 November 2018 and closed Monday 4 March 2019.
Camden Council submitted its own proposal, which was agreed by Full Council on 25 February with some minor amendments made by the Borough Solicitor in accordance with his delegation.
The Council’s proposal recommends a model of 18 wards, with a very low variation between the predicted number of voters per councillor while capturing communities and recognising natural boundaries in the borough. In addition, each ward would elect three councillors as is the current position. While it is similar to the existing warding arrangements, the boundaries have been carefully redesigned in some parts to better balance the number of voters between wards.
The Council’s submission was sent to LGBCE on Friday 1 March. This, and the other responses to the consultation, will be used by the Commission to draw up draft recommendations for new boundaries across the borough.
Consultation on recommendations
The Commission published their first set of warding recommendations on 28 May 2019, and these were the subject of a public consultation until 5 August 2019.
The recommendations were for 20 wards (two more than now) represented by 55 councillors (one than now).
Following several hundred submissions from local residents and organisations, the Commission published a second set of draft warding recommendations on 1 October 2019. These are now the subject of new public consultation until 11 November 2019.
The new recommendations suggest 21 wards (three more than now) represented by 55 councillors (one than now).
The public are be able to comment on the recommendations, and propose alternatives, by visiting the electoral review website below.
The Commission is now scheduled to publish its final recommendations in February 2020, which will come into effect for the 2022 local elections.
Find out more information on Camden’s Electoral Review:
Find more information on the Commission, visit their website.