Consultation prompts concerns over Newham constituency boundary changes
PUBLISHED: 08:55 09 March 2017
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Proposed changes to constituency boundaries which could see the seats of East Ham and West Ham carved up have prompted concerns over the borough's identity.
The proposed constituencies
East Ham: Beckton, Boleyn, Custom House, East Ham Central, East Ham North, East Ham South, Plaistow South, Royal Docks and Wall End wards.
Bow and Canning Town: Canning Town North, Canning Town South, Stratford and New Town and West Ham wards, plus Lansbury, Bromley North, Bromely South, Bow East and Bow West (from Tower Hamlets)
Forest Gate and Loxford: Forest Gate North, Forest Gate South, Green Street East, Green Street West, Little Ilford, Manor Park and Plaistow North wards, plus Clementswood and Loxford (from Redbridge)
Responses to the plans, outlined by the Boundary Commission in September, would see the borough’s wards split between three constituencies - East Ham, Bow and Canning Town, and Forest Gate and Loxford
One resident wrote to say: “I...object to being told that I no longer reside in West Ham but now live in East Ham” while another stated: “I wasn’t even aware of a neighbourhood called Loxford.”
Other responses called on the Boundary Commission to recognise the rapid growth of Stratford in its plans.
The review uses the electorate figures from December 2015, meaning constituencies should be no smaller than 71,031 and no larger than 78,507.
One respondent wrote to say that “Stratford and New Town is one of the fastest growing wards in the country”, with another saying it “I find it very hard to believe that the new constituency...will not go over the supposed population limit.”
An initial 12-week consultation into the proposals took place in the autumn, with almost 20,000 responses submitted across the country.
A second consultation period has now launched and will be running until Monday, March 27.
Sam Hartley, secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said: “Public input is invaluable throughout the 2018 Boundary Review.
“Comments made during both consultations will help us develop a well-rounded picture of how local communities live and work together across the country.
“This local knowledge will be essential when we revise our proposals. Any changes will be based on your comments so it’s important to have your say.”
A final consultation will be published either late this year or early next year, with the final recommendation being made to Parliament in September 2018.
If agreed by Parliament, the new constituencies will be in use at the next scheduled General Election in 2020.
To have your say, visit bce2018.org.uk