Have your say on new ward map of Brent

5 February 2019

Residents are being encouraged to comment on draft proposals for new council ward boundaries within Brent.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is proposing changes to every ward boundary in Brent - except Kilburn - under draft recommendations released today (Feb 5).

Wards are used to define smaller areas within a borough with voters then electing councillors to represent these areas. The commission's report suggests that Brent should be represented by 57 councillors, six fewer than currently, and have 22 wards, one more than now. Under the draft proposals Brent would be divided into 13 three-councillor wards, and nine two-councillor wards. The wider Brent boundary and electoral boundaries for MPs are unaffected.

Carolyn Downs, Chief Executive of Brent Council said, "Given the increased population in Brent and the huge amount of regeneration, including thousands of new homes being built, it is clear that the ward map of Brent needs to change if every Councillor is to represent around the same number of electors. The question is: are these proposals from the Boundary Commission the right ones? I encourage everyone to have their say in this important consultation."

Local Government electoral reviews are conducted to look at whether the boundaries of wards within a local authority need to change in order to secure effective local government and electoral equality. Electoral equality is achieved when councillors represent roughly the same number of electors. Brent has triggered an electoral review because seven wards are currently 10% bigger or smaller than the average.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: "Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people, so that everyone's vote in council elections is worth roughly the same, regardless of where you live.

"We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Brent and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government for local people."

Once the Commission agrees its final recommendations it will lay a draft order in both Houses of Parliament. If Parliament agrees the proposals the new wards will come into effect at the council elections in May 2022.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England's consultation is open now and closes on 15 April 2019. The Commission will consider all submissions on their draft proposals for Brent and is aiming to publish final recommendations in July 2019.

Have your say directly through the Commission's consultation portal: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/14501 or by emailing: reviews@lgbce.org.uk