Kingston’s ward boundaries to be reviewed for electoral equality
Kingston Council’s ward boundaries are set to be reviewed this year by The Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
The independent body will recommend the total number of councillors that should be elected to the authority in the future, as well as the boundaries, names and number of councillors that will represent each ward.
The first phase of the review is currently underway and will allow the council to put forward its case for the total number of councillors that should be elected in the future. The second phase will start on 23 April 2019, asking residents to share information about their community to help develop recommendations for ward boundaries.
A final round of public consultation on the draft recommendations will then take place from 1 October - 9 December 2019. The review process will take around a year with final recommendations to be published on 11 February 2020.
Quentin Baker, Assistant Director Law and Governance, said:
“We very much welcome this review to ensure electoral equality across our borough, meaning each councillor represents a similar number of people.
“Effective communication and engagement with the community will also be essential. The Boundary Commission will be gathering evidence from residents to ensure the proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities. These will then be shared with residents and I would encourage everyone to take the opportunity to have their say.”
Similar ward boundary reviews are taking place across the country. The last review in Kingston took place in 1999 and saw the council move from 20 wards to 16. Councillors also reduced from 50 to 48.
More information about the review, including timelines and process, can be found on the council’s website www.kingston.gov.uk/elections.