The consultation launches on 14 July, and there will be an online briefing where you can find out more.
What are electoral wards?
Lambeth is currently divided into 21 wards, these are local areas, such as ‘Coldharbour’ or ‘Thornton’. Each one is represented on the council by three councillors who are elected every four years to represent the best interests of the residents in their ward. Some council services and also neighbourhood policing are organised by ward.
In drawing up the new wards, the Commission aims to ensure that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters.
The review will also try to create wards that as far as possible reflect the interests and identities of communities across Lambeth.
Why are the wards being reviewed?
Since the last review in 1999 the population in some of the wards has grown more than others and there is more development taking place, particularly in the north of the borough.
Your views about the boundaries are therefore important in ensuring effective governance for Lambeth in future.
The Commission would like to hear opinions on:
- the number of wards
- the names of wards
- where the boundaries between wards should lie
- the number of councillors for each ward.
How will the consultation work?
The consultation is in two stages, during the first stage (14 July to 21 September) residents are asked to submit ideas about where the ward boundaries should be drawn. The Commission will consider all the representations and draw up a new scheme. During the second stage of consultation (5 January to 15 March 2021) residents will be invited to comment on the proposed scheme which will be introduced in time for the borough elections in May 2022. The Council will be responding to both stages of the consultation and it proposed response will be published on its website.
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