Wednesday 26 September 2018

Political map of Barnet set to change - Boundary change consultation

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for the London Borough of Barnet.

Barnet Ward Map
The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the borough. Submissions can also be made by email to and by post to The Review Officer (Barnet), LGBCE, 1st Floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL.

The Commission has also announced that Barnet Council should have 63 councillors in future: no change from the current arrangements.

In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Barnet.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Barnet. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.

“If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Barnet, then this consultation is for you.

“If you’re interested in the way the borough is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.

“Your views will make a difference.

“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review, whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Barnet or just a small part of the borough.

“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in February 2019.”

Local people have until 3 December 2018 to submit their views in this consultation. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at and

This press release from Barnet Council was originally published here. It is highly important that all Barnet residents concerned with the future of our Borough. These changes could have a huge impact on the political complexion of the Borough. At present some council wards are nearly twice the size of others in terms of population. The changes are designed to rebalance this and ensure that councillors all represent roughly equal populations. Without scrutiny the process can be abused. Small changes to boundaries can make previously marginal wards very safe for a party. That is why it is important that we are involved.

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