Last July we wrote about the review by the Boundary Commission into the layout of ward boundaries and names in Lambeth. This month the Commission published its proposals for the Wards that will be the basis for next years council elections. As agreed across all political parties represented on the Council – the number of Councillors will stay at 63 to ensure the cost of administering Council democracy does not increase. However, the number of Wards will increase, with some moving from being represented by three Councillors to only electing two Councillors. Disappointingly, the Commission has also proposed the creation of a Ward covering Streatham Common that will be represented by only one Councillor.
In our area, as the map above shows, the Commission has proposed reversing the changes it made in the last review of ward boundaries 20 years ago. The proposals will see the creation of a new St Martin’s Ward covering the area around Tulse Hill Station and including the whole of the St Martin’s Estate (currently split between Tulse Hill and Brixton Hill Wards). The majority of Tulse Hill Ward will form the basis of a new Rush Common Ward on similar boundaries to the current Tulse Hill Ward – but which it is proposed will also include Holmewood Gardens and the Roupell Park Estate. Elsewhere in the local area, central Brixton will be covered by a two-Councillor Brixton Windrush Ward, a new Brixton Acre Lane Ward (taking in large parts of Brixton Hill and Ferndale Wards) and a new Brixton North Ward (taking in the remainder of Coldharbour and Ferndale Wards not included in the previous two Wards).
We welcome the decision to end the association of Tulse Hill Ward with the slave trade via Sir Henry Tulse– but recognise that local residents will have their own feeling on the proposed change of name to Rush Common. The Commission is now asking for feedback on the proposals and on the names of the new Wards. You can read the detail behind the proposals here on the Commission’s website and complete their consultation here. If you have any questions or want to let us know your thoughts on these changes get in touch.