With government cuts, there is a proposal to reduce the number of councillors across Hillingdon from 65 to 53. This means there will be a balancing of wards across the borough to make for roughly 4200 citizens per councillor in Hillingdon. Whilst some wards are unchanged some will disappear and some will go down to two councillors.
The proposal is that South Ruislip would retain three councillors and grow taking the roads currently in Cavendish ward such as Torcross, Queens Walk, Mount Pleasant, Hunters Hill. The exception is Parkfield Crescent which would move to an adjacent Hillingdon ward.
Parkfield aside, this makes sense with the Yeading Brook being a natural barrier.
The ward will fit better with the area the SRRA covers so makes sense to us. But having been established in 1939 we have seen our fair share of boundary changes and as these wax and wane the area we cover remains the same.
What about Cavendish Ward?
However, Cavendish ward will disappear with sections of it going to different expanded wards such as South Ruislip, the Manor and Eastcote. On a personal note I can’t help but feel for the uncertainty that respected established Cllrs in Cavendish such as Cllr Lavery and Barnes will face but such is politics.
What do you think of the changes?
Please have your say on the review at the following link. There are only a few days left for this first stage of consultation but another opportunity to comment will come next year:
The boundary review is a national review aiming to bring MP’s constituency size to a more uniform, and reduce the number of MP’s and has recommended changes which could affect South Ruislip and the wards that make up the seat.
Cavendish and South Ruislip wards which the SRRA covers, currently form a constituency with Uxbridge. And that has changed in recent times. However the boundary review is proposing a change to include with the Hillingdon and Uxbridge constituency the Ealing wards of Northolt West End and Northolt Mandeville.
We see our MP’s being better able to represent us when they come under one council, namely the London Borough of Hillingdon and not tagged on with a small part of Ealing to make up the numbers.
Thus we support the council’s counter proposal of a seat which includes other parts of Ruislip.
For a more detailed discussion of the debate on the boundary change it may well be worth watching the recent Council meeting from early November where this is debated.
Skip to 58 minutes for this part but being able to see local democracy in action is well worth a watch.
These are our thoughts but whether you agree or disagree we would encourage you as local residents to let the boundary commission know what your feelings are on the subject.
Closing dates for submissions are the 5th December so get cracking.
Submissions to the Boundary Commission are very easy to leave using their website www.bce2018.org.uk/
The website of the South Ruilsip Residents Association