Ward Boundary Proposals – What Could They Mean For You?

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published plans for new ward boundaries in Bristol. Following a consultation, where people in Bristol were invited to have their say on proposed new boundaries for the city’s electoral wards, the Commission is now considering the responses, with a view to publishing the final ward boundaries in May 2015. The full recommendations can be seen at:
https://www.lgbce.org.uk/current- reviews/south-west/bristol/bristol

The Commission aims to recommend new ward boundaries that mean each city councillor represents a similar number of voters and the pattern of wards reflects the interests and identities of local communities as well as promoting effective local government. The proposed new wards include four larger wards served by three councillors and four smaller wards represented by one councillor. Other wards would continue to be represented by two councillors.

Every ward has had a change to its boundary proposed. The proposals for our area include expanding the Filwood ward to the northwest, up to Marksbury Road and Parson Street. This would include the Kingswear and Torpoint areas (currently in Windmill Hill) and areas currently in the Bedminster ward (Parson St and some of Bedminster Road, including Hastings Road, Winbourne Road, Somermead, Martock Road, Martock Crescent and Highbury Road). Proposals for the Knowle ward include extending the west boundary so most of Daventry Road falls within Knowle, as well as Cossington Road, Wingfield Road, Beckington Road and properties on the south of Wootton Park.