Electoral boundary commission asks for residents' opinions

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Hertfordshire residents are being asked how they think the county should be carved up for elections.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people and organisations for their help to produce new electoral divisions for 77 county councillors.

The commission will look at residents’ views before it draws up draft recommendations for a new pattern of divisions, which are due to be published in September.

Residents and organisations will then get another chance to have their say in the next round of consultation.

Commission chairman Max Caller said: “We want to hear local views on where people think the focal point of their community is and where the natural boundaries between communities might lie.

“As we draw new boundaries, we will try to ensure that each county councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. We also aim to produce a pattern of divisions that reflects the interests and identities of communities.

The current phase of consultation closes on June 23. More information can be found at www.lgbce.org.uk

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10:07am Tue 10 Jun 14

jgee says...

I submitted an FOI request six months ago - and this was the response if anyone wants to make comment. i asked it because I have two polling stations closer to me than the one I actually go to vote in

Here's what I asked, and here are the responses

Can you please let me know the following:

1. A breakdown of current council wards and the number of voters registered in each one

2. When was there last a review of the council wards in Elstree & Borehamwood - what was the result?

3. With the development of the Elstree Way corridor, will there be a review of the boundaries, and if necessary, the boundaries redrawn and when will the review take place?



The Response:

1 The breakdown of current council wards and the number of voters registered in each is as follows:-

Aldenham East – 3,790

Aldenham West – 3,652

Borehamwood Brookmeadow – 5,727

Borehamwood Cowley Hill – 6,282

Borehamwood Hillside – 7,184

Borehamwood Kenilworth – 4,277

Bushey Heath – 5,273

Bushey North – 5,118

Bushey Park – 3,583

Bushey St. James – 5,814

Elstree – 3,820

Potters Bar Furzefield – 5,023

Potters Bar Oakmere – 5,546

Potters Bar Parkfield – 6,141

Shenley – 3,920



2 The last review of Ward Boundaries in this area of Hertsmere took place in 1999 and a realignment of boundaries was the outcome. Some of the changes were sufficiently significant to cause a renaming of the Wards.

3 At the moment no formal planning applications have been made for the Elstree Way Corridor projects but the Council is conscience of the potential increase in the number of residents in Hertsmere. In September 2014, the Council will conduct a review of polling districts which is the first step in identifying disparities within Wards. If that work indicated that a review of ward boundaries was necessary, such a review would be undertaken by the Boundary Commission. This is something only done when there is a major disparity between the numbers of voters within Wards.
I submitted an FOI request six months ago - and this was the response if anyone wants to make comment. i asked it because I have two polling stations closer to me than the one I actually go to vote in Here's what I asked, and here are the responses Can you please let me know the following: 1. A breakdown of current council wards and the number of voters registered in each one 2. When was there last a review of the council wards in Elstree & Borehamwood - what was the result? 3. With the development of the Elstree Way corridor, will there be a review of the boundaries, and if necessary, the boundaries redrawn and when will the review take place? The Response: 1 The breakdown of current council wards and the number of voters registered in each is as follows:- Aldenham East – 3,790 Aldenham West – 3,652 Borehamwood Brookmeadow – 5,727 Borehamwood Cowley Hill – 6,282 Borehamwood Hillside – 7,184 Borehamwood Kenilworth – 4,277 Bushey Heath – 5,273 Bushey North – 5,118 Bushey Park – 3,583 Bushey St. James – 5,814 Elstree – 3,820 Potters Bar Furzefield – 5,023 Potters Bar Oakmere – 5,546 Potters Bar Parkfield – 6,141 Shenley – 3,920 2 The last review of Ward Boundaries in this area of Hertsmere took place in 1999 and a realignment of boundaries was the outcome. Some of the changes were sufficiently significant to cause a renaming of the Wards. 3 At the moment no formal planning applications have been made for the Elstree Way Corridor projects but the Council is conscience of the potential increase in the number of residents in Hertsmere. In September 2014, the Council will conduct a review of polling districts which is the first step in identifying disparities within Wards. If that work indicated that a review of ward boundaries was necessary, such a review would be undertaken by the Boundary Commission. This is something only done when there is a major disparity between the numbers of voters within Wards. jgee
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1:06pm Tue 10 Jun 14

david Burcombe says...

It should be 3 cllrs for Kenilworth and 3 for Elstyree by adding 1500 from hillside to Elstree and 1000 cowley hill to kenilworth
It should be 3 cllrs for Kenilworth and 3 for Elstyree by adding 1500 from hillside to Elstree and 1000 cowley hill to kenilworth david Burcombe
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