The wonks at the Boundary Commission have the Haringey political map in their sights once again, and the re-setting of the local ward boundaries is out for consultation until February 4th. News of this hasn’t exactly been widely broadcast (sneaked out really), but we think this is exactly the sort of festive sitting room game all the family can enjoy. With a glass of sherry and a mince pie perhaps. Can you redraw the ward map?
UPDATE, January. We submitted a representation to the Boundary Commission, read here.
It’s all been done before of course, in 1963, 1977 and 1999 to be exact, but population numbers are rising (and the growth of Tottenham has easily outstripped that of the west of the Borough), so it’s off we go – see the media release here.
And the full description of the exercise is here at the Commission’s website.
The objective is to achieve an average electorate of 9,880 (+/- <5% variance) in each ward (using the projected 2024 figures). But – can you do it in a way that makes any sense to local communities and local loyalties? Can you fiddle things to get the ward you’d prefer? It may not be so easy, I seem to recall the draft 1999 version placed the clocktower in Hornsey Ward rather than Crouch End!
Please note that it’s a certainty, with the same number of wards (19) and the same number of councillors (57), our bit will be redrawn. Instead of 7 wards in the west of Haringey, we will get 6.3.
The game can be played on the Boundary Commission consultation website. The introductory notes are here, and the submission page, where you can doodle the new boundaries, is here.
Don’t forget to tell us how you get on.