Council encourages people to have their say on proposed ward boundary changes

Watford Borough Council is encouraging people who live in their area to have their say about plans to change its ward boundaries.

Published: Thursday, 15th October 2015

Watford Borough Council is encouraging people who live in their area to have their say about plans to change its ward boundaries.

The purpose of the exercise – to be implemented next year by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England – is to ensure everyone’s vote is worth the same.

Under the Commission’s proposals, most of Kytes Drive and Coates Way would be moved into the Stanborough ward from Meriden. The council objected to these proposals after its meeting on Wednesday 14 October. Councillors said the planned change would lead to an unusual, figure-of-eight shape for the Stanborough ward. They said this would create a strong sense of the Kytes Drive area being severed from the rest of the Stanborough ward. They noted that the area had strong community links to the Meriden ward, most notably through the shared boundary with Garston Park. This could be solved by adjusting the boundary to include some properties on the eastern side of St Albans Road within Meriden, they said.

Changes are also proposed for the Leggatts, Woodside, Nascot, Holywell, Vicarage, Central, Oxhey, Park and Tudor wards by the Commission. In fact, the only ward in Watford to be unaffected by the proposed changes is Callowland.

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “Although most of the changes may be relatively minor, it is worth going online to see if they’ll affect you.”

The deadline to have your say is was Monday 19 October.

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