Have your say on a new political map for Harlow District Council

News / Fri 13th May 2022 am31 09:31am

A NEW pattern of wards is being developed for Harlow District Council. 

The Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Harlow should be 33, the same as now. The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. 

A 10 week consultation inviting proposals will run until 18 July 2022. 

Current wards in Harlow District Council
Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2022
High resolution map available here

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Harlow to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements help the council work effectively. It wants to be sure that its proposals reflect community ties and identities.  

The Commission is interested in views on which communities should be part of the same ward. What facilities do people share, such as parks, leisure centres or schools and shopping areas? What issues do neighbouring communities face that they have in common, such as high numbers of visitors or heavy traffic? Have there been new housing or commercial developments that have changed the focus of communities? And are there roads, rivers, railways or other features that people believe form strong boundaries between neighbourhoods? 

The Commission will use local views to help it draw up proposals for new ward boundaries. There will be a further round of consultation once the Commission has drawn up those proposals.  

Councillor Simon Carter, Chair of the Electoral Review Working Group, said:

“In February 2022 councillors unanimously supported the submission of a proposal to the Boundary Commission to increase the number of district councillors from 33 to 36. This is due to the recent growth of the town, which we know will continue in the coming years.

“We note that the Boundary Commission has decided to keep the number of councillors at 33. This decision will not prevent proposals for more wards and thereby more councillors. The Commission could not consider any ward changes yet to be submitted. The commission is now carrying out a 10-week wide consultation to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area and to draw up proposals for new ward boundaries. We encourage residents, businesses, and community organisations to have their say as part of this consultation. A report to agree the council’s response to the consultation and the commission’s decision to keep the same number of councillors will be considered by councillors shortly.” 

 Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:     

“We want people in Harlow to help us.   

“We are starting to draw up new wards for Harlow. We want our proposals for new electoral arrangements to reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.  

“Residents and local organisations can help us understand community ties and identities at this early stage of the process.  

“It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us.  

“Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved.”  

The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can give their views:https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/34403

People can also give their views by e-mail at [email protected], and by post:

The Review Officer (Harlow)
PO Box 133
NE24 9FE

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5 Comments for Have your say on a new political map for Harlow District Council:

2022-05-13 10:16:18

Would have been nice to know before the Council decided that they were going for more Cllrs and Wards rather than after, seems as usual a lot of decisions have been made before the electoral commission launched it's consultation. Typical. Much more consultation is needed far earlier in these proceedings.

2022-05-13 10:22:02

Much more independent data needs to be released to the public about trends and changes and in far more accessible ways, not just some remote corner on the internet or in the Council website, how else can the public comment?

Staff Reporter
2022-05-13 10:58:56

They told you three months ago....https://www.yourharlow.com/2022/02/21/should-harlow-council-have-three-more-councillors/

Nicholas Taylor
2022-05-13 11:45:52

The problem is, that unless you read yourharlow (and I would say that 90% of the hundreds of people I have spoken to on the doorstep in the last four years have never heard of yourharlow), take a regular look at the Council's website or use other social media you would never know about the Council's public consultation exercises. Eight recent consultation exercises undertaken by the Council saw just 185 responses received from members of the public. For decades the council have paid lip service to consultation, merely a tick box exercise, despite having an eighteen page Community Engagement Strategy. This issue was at the heart of why the Harlow Alliance Party was set up in 2018.

Kim Oconnor
2022-05-14 09:05:56

You wouldn't believe this councils, but not every one has I Internet or phones, believe it or not. Not every one comes on your Harlow or even heard of it. There needs to be face to face consultation s, a lot more of this. Or you could put your posts on fb, a lot more people would see. But in truth, you don't want to see public or ask for public opinions, I really belive that. Your just do what you want, and it's us that pay you lot to sit where you are. It's a joke.

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