As you may already be aware, the Boundary Commission (which operates entirely independently of our Councillors) has been reviewing the local wards in the area as apparently there is more of an imbalance in resident numbers between wards than is desirable. The objective is to examine whether by adjusting ward boundaries, the number of residents represented in each ward can be made more consistent. However in the course of achieving this, the Commission is supposed to avoid splitting cohesive communities into different wards. Despite this, the Boundary Commission draft proposals split Kingswood right down the middle treating the railway line as a dividing line. Thus as presently proposed, the station, shops, restaurants, pub and the village hall would become part of a separate ward which is bizarre.
The KRA is strongly opposed to this and will be issuing further comment on this topic in early July so that residents are fully informed and will hopefully also wish to object to these draft proposals as individuals.
The Boundary Commission contact details are shown below so that you can see the current proposals: –
Get in touch
We welcome comments on our draft recommendations report by 13 August 2018. Representations should be made:
– Through our interactive consultation portal, where you can explore the maps of the recommendations, draw your own boundaries and make comments;
– By email to firstname.lastname@example.org;
– Or in writing to Review Officer (Reigate and Banstead), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th Floor, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
Des Camblin (KRA Chair)