Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Council noted that the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) was currently undertaking a three year programme of electoral reviews of London Boroughs. Stage 1 of its review of Kingston’s arrangements took place between November 2018 and March 2019 and concluded that the Council would in future continue to require 48 elected Members to satisfactorily fulfil its functions.
The second and final stage of the review examined the ward boundaries, ward names and the number of Members to be elected to represent each ward. It is designed to ensure that each Councillor represents approximately the same number of voters and the patterns of wards reflect the interests and identities of local communities and promote effective local government.
The Commission withdrew its original draft recommendations in respect of Kingston's warding arrangements in March 2020 after it established that it had overlooked a number of representations submitted by local residents in response to an initial consultation exercise. These recommendations were, however, re-issued unaltered on 16th June, triggering a further consultation period which expires on 27th July. In view of the consultation timescales it is recommended that the Response and Recovery Committee be authorised to agree the response to the recommendations on behalf of the Council. The LGBCE has indicated that it is prepared to extend its deadline to accommodate the agreement of the proposed response at the Committees scheduled meeting on 30th July.
The LGBCE would publish its final recommendations in November 2020, subject to Parliamentary scrutiny and approval of the new electoral arrangements were scheduled to come into effect at the Borough elections in May 2022.
RESOLVED that the Response and Recovery Committee be authorised to agree the Council's response to the Local Government Boundary Commission's draft warding arrangement recommendations.
For: Councillors Abraham, Arora, Bass, Bailey, Beynon, Fiona Boult, Olivia Boult, Cobbett, Cunningham, Davey, Davis, Dunstone, Durrant, Edwards, Fram, Foulder-Hughes, Gander, George, Goodship, Green, Ha, Heap, Holt, Hughes, Kerr, Kirsch, Lidbetter, Moll, Netley, Ryder-Mills, Schaper, Self, Sheppard, Stuart, Sweeney, Thayalan, Thompson, Tolley, Wehring, White, Wookey, Yoganathan and Young. (43)
Against: Councillor Falchikov-Sumner (1)
Abstain: None (0).
Councillors Abbas, Archer and Ravalia were unable to vote due to technical difficulties.
Publication date: 10/06/2021
Date of decision: 07/07/2020
Decided at meeting: 07/07/2020 - Council