We received the following email from a local resident, which we are happy to publish:
Dear Haydons Road North Community Group
You are probably aware that Wimbledon residents have been asked to submit objections to the Boundary Commission’s most recent consultation on the crazy proposals to split Wimbledon – with our area becoming part of Putney and losing our own dedicated MP..
However, what many might think is that if they submitted objections to the first consultation in autumn last year – that is sufficient action. This is not correct!
It is essential that everyone submits their objections again during this second consultation period – closing date 27 March, 2017.
Without sufficient evidence of objections, the Boundary Commission is very likely to go ahead with their original proposals to split Wimbledon – so can I ask you, your friends, family and contacts to please send your objections about the current proposals to split Wimbledon, to the Boundary Commission – the closing date is 27 March.
Here is an extract from Stephen Hammond MP’s post on his website which explains the issue:
‘In September 2016 the Boundary Commission released their initial proposals for the new constituency boundaries. Their goal is to reduce the number of MPs by 50, and make the number of people living in each constituency more equal.
The proposals for Wimbledon and Merton are hugely disappointing and detrimental to the local area. Their plans would mean that Wimbledon Park and Village join the current Putney constituency. The remainder of the current Wimbledon constituency would be joined by Colliers Wood, Lavender Fields, Ravensbury and Cricket Green from the current Mitcham and Morden constituency.
A second consultation has now opened, the purpose of which is to publish all 20,000 representations made during last year’s consultation on the initial proposals, and to invite comments on them. This consultation will run until Monday 27th March, and once it closes the Commissioners will consider all representations from both consultation periods, before deciding on how to revise the initial proposals.
Even though we had a fantastic response last year, with the second highest number of responses in the country, we must not be complacent. This 4 week consultation gives us the opportunity for one final push so the Boundary Commission know that the Wimbledon community does not want to be split in two and that they must revise their proposals.
So please do take a few minutes to respond to this consultation and make sure your contribution makes a general comment reflecting on the submissions made. To help, I have provided below a specimen few paragraphs of what such a submission may contain. There are two ways to submit a general comment:
- By writing to – Boundary Commission for England, 35 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BQ
- Or online at https://www.bce2018.org.uk/node/add/informed-representation/6485
In addition, you can make a comment in response to a submission made by others. These comments can be accessed by going to www.bce2018.org.uk and entering your postcode. You can then see the submissions made by those in our area.
You can click on the map marker, then you can choose which comment to read in full and respond to. For example, my written submission can be found here
Finally as ever, if you have any questions, I am always very happy to answer them. You can email me on email@example.com
The full article can be seen at:
If you could send this out to the Haydons Road North Community Group we might just encourage a few more objections to be registered.
Thanks very much.