On Friday last week (12th March 2021) the City Council met to consider a report drawn up by a cross party working group for a submission to the review of ward boundaries by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE).
This was difficult task for anyone to do. Looking at the whole city and attempting to get an equal number of electors in each ward while keeping communities of common interests together. In most cases they have achieved a good compromise and I was minded to support it but when I looked at our local area I was saddened.
Their compromise in our local area is to create one ward that goes from Fielding Street in the South following the D-road to Shelton New Road in the North. Those aren’t communities of common interests.
They are suggesting another ward that includes half of Trent Vale, Oak Hill, West End and the other half of Boothen. I can’t accept this proposal. Therefore, I decided to speak against it but considering I don’t really understand the affects in other areas of the city I abstained on the whole report. I think that was the correct position to take as a lot of work had gone in elsewhere.
We all know that there are no natural communities that cross the D-road any longer. This brings a real difficulty in working out equal sized wards to it’s West. However, I believe it can be done by keeping together the local communities of Basford, Hartshill, Penkhull, Stoke, Boothen, West End, Oak Hill, Trent Vale and Springfields as far as possible. You have to put boundaries somewhere and wherever you draw a line someone will be unhappy but there has to be a better solution.
I intend to submit a proposal that keeps Boothen united with most of it’s neighbouring communities and does the same for the rest of the area.
The LGBCE will publish it’s draft recommendations on 1st June 2021 and I do hope they take these arguments into account.
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