IF YOU DO NOT WANT
TO BE IN TOTTENHAM
DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT NOW!!!
The next general election seems a long way away, but when the time comes, many people are in for a big surprise. If you live in Stroud Green, you may find you are no longer part of Hornsey and Wood Green constituency, but instead are part of Tottenham.
So why are we talking about it right now?
Because now you can still do something about it, by responding to the Boundary Commission consultation, in 3 simple steps, by the 5th of December 2011. But before you do, take a quick look at what is happening and what rules theBoundary Commission will follow, when considering representations from the public.
In this short video we spoke to Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green and Stroud Green Councillors Katherine Reece and Richard Wilson on what would be the implications of such a change for local residents. We also asked people living in Stroud Green ward how they feel about the proposed change.
We also asked David Lammy MP for Tottenham, for his views and comments, but sadly we have not heard back from him to this day.
TELL OTHERS ABOUT IT – MAKE IT VIRAL
It is important that many Stroud Green residents respond to this consultation. Please spread this far and wide to all your friends and neighbours, make it viral – Comment on it on youtube, share it, favour it, Like it, Twit it, blog it, embed the video to your site, blog, or facebook page…
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
In February 2011, the UK Parliament passed legislation stating that all four Boundary Commissions (BC) covering the UK (there are separate Commissions for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) must conduct a review of Parliamentary constituency boundaries, and make recommendations to the Government, by October 2013.
BC is currently conducting a review on the basis of new rules laid down by Parliament. These rules involve a significant reduction in the number of constituencies in England (from 533 to 502), and require that every constituency – apart from two specified exceptions – must have an electorate of between 72,810 and 80,473 – that is 5% either side of the electoral quota of 76,641.
HAVE YOUR SAY
(old link does not work any longer – The BC is consulting on their initial proposals until the 5th of December 2011 and encourage everyone to use this opportunity to contribute to the design of the new constituencies –O
“the more public views we hear, the more informed our decisions will be when analysing all the views we receive.
We ask everyone wishing to contribute to the design of the new constituencies to first read the Initial proposals report and accompanying maps before responding to us. In particular, we would like to know:
- if you agree in full, in part or not at all with our initial proposals for the London region;
- which sub-regions you agree with and why;
- which sub-regions you disagree with and why; and
- if you can propose alternatives for areas you disagree with that meet the statutory rules we set out in our report.
The legislation also states that when deciding on boundaries, the Commission may also take into account:
- special geographical considerations, including the size, shape and accessibility of a constituency;
- local government boundaries as they existed on 6 May 2010;
- boundaries of existing constituencies; and
- any local ties that would be broken by
It is essential to understand that none of the factors mentioned in the list above overrides the necessity to achieve an electorate in each constituency that is within the range allowed, as explained previously. In particular, it should be noted that we are obliged to take into account local government boundaries as they existed in May 2010.”
In black – the current number of voters
In Red – wards that will be moved to another constituency
Hornsey and Wood Green:
71,682 Hornsey and Wood Green BC 90.06%
– 8,196 Stroud Green BC 10.29% move to Tottenham
62,187 Tottenham BC 78.11%
– 7,975 Seven sisters BC 9.91% move to Hackney
THE BOUNDARY COMMISSION WEBSITE
HAVE YOUR SAY 3 SIMPLE STEPS
OR WRITE TO:
Boundary Commission for England,
35 Great Smith Street,
London SW1P 3BQ
Telephone: 020 7276 1102
General enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
PROPOSED BOUNDARY CHANGES IN LONDON
PROPOSED BOUNDARY CHANGES NORTH EAST LONDON
2013 – First round of consultation result
The boundary commission had listened to the voice of people in Stroud Green and agreed it should stay where it is:
“AC26 The Commission received many representations about individual wards, including opposition to: …linking Stroud Green ward with Tottenham, rather than Hornsey and Wood Green; ..”
“AC87 In Haringey, the Commission noted that the existing Hornsey and Wood Green constituency could be left unchanged (IPs, paragraph 38). In order to accommodate London 25 26 London Report by the Assistant Commissioners on London changes elsewhere, the Commission proposed that Stroud Green ward in the existing constituency should be part of a proposed Tottenham constituency and that Bowes ward in the existing Enfield, Southgate constituency should be included in Hornsey and Wood Green (see paragraph AC82).”
“AC88 The proposal that Stroud Green should be included in a Tottenham constituency received very little support, and was opposed by a large number of people and organisations, including all three Parliamentary parties, the present councillors for Stroud Green ward (IP/025512),11 and the Stroud Green Residents’ Association (IP/023119). Many respondents emphasised that this proposal would break local ties between Stroud Green and other Hornsey wards. We have therefore decided that Stroud Green ward should be part of a Hornsey and Wood Green constituency.”
“AC90 In order to satisfy the electorate range, we have concluded that the Islington ward of Hillrise should be placed in the Hornsey and Wood Green constituency. While Hillrise ward would be a single Islington ward in an otherwise Haringey constituency, our recommendation enables us to strike a better balance between the statutory factors across North London. We recommend, therefore, a Hornsey and Wood Green constituency containing Alexandra, Bounds Green, Crouch End, Highgate, Hornsey, Muswell Hill, Noel Park, Stroud Green, and Woodside wards in Haringey, together with Hillrise ward. As the existing constituency would remain largely unchanged, we recommend that the existing name should be retained. The remaining Haringey wards (Harringay, St Ann’s, Seven Sisters, Tottenham Green, and West Green) should be contained in a constituency with Hackney wards (see paragraph AC92). “