Proposals to change ward boundaries to cope with Salford’s housing and population boom will be discussed by Salford City Council next week (August 29.)
Salford City Council is responding to a review called by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBCE) for England which seeks to make sure each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters.
The Commission, which has already said the city will continue to have 20 wards and 60 councillors, will make its final decision next year but has called for everyone from local residents and community groups to councillors to have their say on how the city could look.
Under the proposals drawn up by the city council for consideration by the Commission every ward boundary would be affected with the biggest changes in the central area of the city.
If agreed by the Commission, the current Winton and Barton wards would merge to create one larger ward, with parts of the current wards moving to Irlam ward.
The current Ordsall ward would be divided into three new wards – Quays, giving Salford Quays its own ward for the first time, Blackfriars covering the area bordering Manchester and Ordsall which would take in the areas around the Ordsall estate. The remainder of Irwell Riverside ward could be renamed Pendleton and Charlestown. The wards would have room to accommodate future population growth predicted for this central area.
Deputy City Mayor John Merry said:
“We’ve seen huge changes in the city since the last boundary review in 2003. Broughton, Little Hulton and Ordsall now have more voters than other wards while Irlam has fewer. That imbalance has triggered a Boundary Commission review to adjust the ward boundaries and make sure each councillor represents an equal number of voters.
“We’ve looked long and hard at where people are living now and where growth is anticipated in creating these proposals. In the end the Commission will take into account all the information it receives from the public consultation – including the council’s submission – and make the final decision.
“We’ve been asking residents to have their say before the consultation closes on September 3. The Commission will then come back with proposals for further consultation between November and January 2019 before publishing its final decision. Changes will be in place for the local elections in May 2020 when every council seat will be up for re-election.”
The council proposals can be seen at www.salford.gov.uk/wardproposals
They will be discussed at a special full council meeting before being submitted to the Commission.
The LGBC’s consultation runs until September 3 and people can have their say by visiting https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/13206 emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to LGBCE, 14th floor, Millbank Tower, London SW1P 4QP.
If Salford City Council’s proposals were accepted in full the new wards would be:
Barton and Winton
Blackfriars and Trinity
Boothstown and Ellenbrook
Cadishead and Lower Irlam
Higher Irlam and Peel Green
Pendlebury and Clifton
Pendleton and Charlestown
Weaste and Seedley
Worsley and Westwood Park