Enfield Southgate - a four way carve up
On 17 October 2017, the Boundary Commission published its revised proposals,for the new parliamentary constituencies in London; following on from the extended consultation undertaken in 2016.
You have until 11 December 2017 to comment on the proposals, which will see the N21 wards split across FOUR constituencies. Travelling from Bowes Park to Enfield Chase you would travel through FOUR parliamentary constituencies!
Whatever your political affiliations, this carve up of our parliamentary constituency does not make sense.
Overall, the Boundary Commission's priority seems to be to create constituencies which are of about equal size; rather than aligning constituency boundaries with local authority boundaries, or to make any real attempt to put together wards with a shared affinity; transport links or community focal points.
Grange ward will join Enfield, which stretches up the north east of the borough, to Turkey Street.
Winchmore Hill and Southgate Green wards are to become part of a new Finchley Enfield Southgate seat, which will encompass Brunswick Park and Coppetts Wood.
Palmers Green will become part of Edmonton, whilst Bowes ward will join Hornsey & Wood Green.
This illusion, courtesy of Bambos Charalambous MP, shows how it is proposed to distribute the current Enfield Southgate wards.
It means that the serving MP, currently Bambos Charalambous will have to communicate with two town halls. Given that there is often a close alignment between issues that an MP is asked to consider, with issues which are the responsibility of a local authority does this make sound economic sense?
The Boundary Commission is independent of Parliament, although they can accept or reject the proposed changes. The old age that "turkeys don't vote for Christmas" comes to mind, especially as there seem to be similar comments across most of London.
Here is link to the Revised Proposals for new Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries in London.
SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS
On 17 October 2017, the Boundary Commission published its revised proposals,for the new parliamentary constituencies in London and it doesn't bode well for London N21