As many of you may know, the Boundary Commission is currently consulting on proposals for new constituency boundaries with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of MPs and making the number of voters in each constituency more equal.
For the Putney Constituency, the Boundary Commission has proposed the addition of Wimbledon Park and Wimbledon Village wards from the current Wimbledon constituency.
The second round of this consultation process is now open and you may review and respond to the initial proposals and new proposals made by other individuals, groups, and political parties. This round of consultations ends on 27th March, after which the Boundary Commission will review all submissions from both rounds before issuing revised proposals.
You can view and respond to proposals at www.bce2018.org.uk or by writing to – Boundary Commission for England, 25 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BQ.
There were really great responses from residents living in the Putney constituency during the first round of consultations that show how important it is to us to keep our community together and I would encourage you to respond to the further representations made by other parties.
In particular, I plan to object to the proposal made by the Liberal Democrats which would see Putney Heath and Roehampton removed from the Putney constituency and added to the Wimbledon constituency. Putney Heath and Putney Village are clearly part of Putney, as their names suggest, and Roehampton has historically been described in its relationship to Putney.
Roehampton and Wimbledon are poorly connected by local public transport and the fastest routes require residents to go back into central Putney on a bus to get the tube to Wimbledon. Further, unified representation under a single council and a single MP is important whilst the Alton Estate in Roehampton undergoes its major regeneration project which will have huge implications for the area. The current Putney constituency contains the largest number of people who pay the Wimbledon and Putney Common Conservator’s tax and therefore it is only right that this resource stays at least in part in the Putney constituency.
If you have any questions or concerns about this process, do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.