Today the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) published its draft report on how the Council wards of Croydon should change, following a request last year for a review by our Croydon Labour Council.
All the main political parties in Croydon fed into the open and transparent consultation along with many of our excellent Residents' Associations and dozens of residents. Croydon Labour submitted four very different proposals: one from the Council, one from the Labour Councillors, one from Croydon South Labour and one from West Thornton Labour.
After detailed consideration of all the submissions over many months, today's draft proposals from the LGBCE have settled on an adapted version of the Conservative and West Thornton Labour proposal.
You can view the summary recommendations online.
The Conservative scheme was predicated on respecting the hard boundaries which define communities (for example railway lines without many crossings and large roads) and respecting the Council’s own ‘Places of Croydon’, which were arrived at after many years of bipartisan consultation and, tellingly, outside of the political heat of a boundary review. As such these really are the Places of Croydon, not places pulled together to support one party or another’s electoral best interests.
Cllr Tim Pollard, Leader of the Croydon’s Conservative Councillors, said: "We are really pleased that the Boundary Commission has acknowledged the strength of our argument and it is notable that many members of the public and Residents’ Associations submitted thoughts about their communities which supported our vision for Croydon.
“I want to thank everyone who has taken part in this open and transparent process so far - but there is more work to be done to guarantee Croydon has boundaries that respect the communities of our great borough."
Cllr Jason Cummings, Deputy Leader of the Croydon Conservative Councillors, commented: “Labour need to take a long hard look at whoever was responsible for their submission as their proposals didn’t reflect their own planning strategy and look to have been engineered more for political gain than for their reflection of real communities. If they can’t even agree amongst themselves what the boundaries are, it doesn’t bode well for the remaining year of their term running Croydon.”
Today the final stage of consultation opens, and the public are encouraged to comment on the draft proposals and seek amendments to ward boundaries or names.
All the submissions from the last stage can be read, as well as the full draft boundaries report on the LGBCE website.