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Dear All,

You might be aware that the Local Government Boundaries Commission is reviewing the Haringey Ward boundaries, and as part of the process Haringey Council have submitted their recommendations, which has been reported in today's Ham & High. The article incorrectly states that the proposals from the Local Boundary Commission will be published next week (this is incorrect, as the LGBCE has postponed the publishing until after the EU elections). 

However, importantly for Alexandra Ward, Haringey Council's proposal is to abolish Alexandra Ward and merge the East into Bounds Green and the West into a new Muswell Hill East ward. The Council's proposals means the Triangle, Albert Rec, Tunnel Gardens/Bidwell Gardens and the north half of Palace Gates Road would become part of the new Bounds Green Ward, and the rest will be Muswell Hill East. According to the Council's submission "The council believes voters in Alexandra have more in common with those in Bounds Green due to the Tube stations."

The Haringey LibDems submission to the consultation was to keep Alexandra Ward with some minor changes to the ward. 

the Local Government Boundary Commission will publish its draft recommendations at the end of May (28th of May), and then there will be opportunity for local residents, residents groups, etc., to make comments on the potential changes. Once the option for consultation goes live, we will be sharing with everyone the opportunity to make comments. Website HERE

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  • I'd also be worried about the possible risk to public services of abolishing Alexandra Ward. As I understand it, Alexandra Park Library would end up in the new Muswell Hill East ward. Muswell Hill already has a library so would that mean that one or other of them could be undermined/closed, depending on how wards influence allocation of public funds?

  • There's an old anarchist slogan: "If voting changed anything, they'd abolish it". It looks like the council wants to demonstrate the truth of this. In the last 3 local elections Alexandra had the highest turnout of any ward in the borough if I've got the figures right. And seats change hands - unlike most places. In 2010 a Green candidate only missed a seat by about 120 votes. Whatever you think of the various candidates' politics, this looks seriously like a functioning democracy, rather than the kind of sown-up political turf which suits people in power. Votes in Alexandra actually matter (and I have changed the way I vote on occasions).

    There is also an administrative issue for our organisations like residents associations, supporters of various services, liaison with police safer neighbourhoods team and so on. Over the last 20 years people in the area north of the park have worked hard together on keeping up a sense of community, and trying to deal with problems like traffic and transport - we have our local fete, street parties and community gardening etc. Our situation between the park and the railway actually makes this area a particularly coherent community on the ground. The boundary proposal involves breaking up this area between two wards, meaning two different sets of councillors to try to involve in our issues. And in the past we have had strong and very welcome support from councillors of both main parties to our community efforts, through contributions from the ward budget they administer, and pursuit of issues like station staffing. We shouldn't let these strengths be diluted. The council bureaucracy (or whoever) seems entirely insensitive to these aspects of the life in the borough.

  • This has upset my Monday!   I’ve lived in Alexandra Ward in Outram Road for 38 years and my community is Alexandra community.   Yes I relate to Bounds Green and Muswell Hill as well but not in the same way.  

    We are a large ward so why do we need to be subsumed into one or other of the other two wards?  It sounds undemocratic to me.  We need our own Councillors to represent us. 

    I will definitely protest against this.

    Katie 

     

    • Hi Katie,

      completely agree with you, and sorry to have upset your Monday. 

      We were incandescent when we saw the plans; Alexandra Ward has existed since around 1902 (could be 1901), and is one of the oldest wards in continuous existence.

      Alexxandra ward has a distinct and historic identity, and residents of Alexandra have a distinct identity and need and deserve representation, and not be subsumed into other wards. The proposal of a Muswell Hill that stretches from the Highgate Woods to Palace Gates Road makes no sense. The Triangle being annexed into Bounds Green makes equally no sense either.

      The moment the Commission’s plans are published (fingers crossed Alex remains) we will then mobilise!

      best wishes

      nick 

       

  • Hi Annabel,

    the commission will publicise their initial proposal on 28th; and then they will lead on the consultation. The Council’s submission is as the article. . 

    I have attached the final (very) rough draft that the Council circulated to some people. This shows the triangle area subsumed into Bounds Green Ward, and the remained for Alexandra, including Place and Park transfer over to the new Muswell Hill East. 

    The Council may have made some minor amendments since the below was drawn up,

    the Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum on their submission (HERE) have suggested splitting Alexandra a bit more drastically, with the triangle area going to Bounds Green, the rest to Muswell Hill North and part of the park to Hornsey.

    the LibDem submission was to retain Alexandra Ward with some minor amendments to the boundaries, including taking the cottages and houses around the Starting Gate into Alexandra Ward, due to the relationship with and proximity to the station and the Palace. 

     

    All the submissions will (pending any other elections) be announced on 28th May.

     

    CENF comments electoral review Haringey v2.pdf
    • Thanks, Nick, yes I meant to say that these are proposals by Haringey Council.

      I see that their proposed Muswell Hill East ward does indeed stretch all the way from Palace Gates Road to the edge of Highgate Wood - can't see the logic in that!

       

      CENF comments electoral review Haringey v2.pdf
    • Indeed. There are some rather ... how shall I say, entertaining allocations of the ward boundaries - especially in the creation of Muswell Hill East, which cobbles together some distinct communities. 

      Haringey Council, in various meetings, made out that there was no “Alexandra identity”, and thus the argument put forward for the abolition of Alexandra Ward. 

      I suppose all we can do now is wait for the Commissions recommendations; I do hope that they take on board the views of various submissions that will have argued for Alexandra Ward to remain. 

      CENF comments electoral review Haringey v2.pdf
    • No 'Alexandra identity' - ?!!! 

      Another point - I thought one reason for changing ward boundaries was that Haringey has 30k more people than in 1999 - in which case getting rid of a ward seems counter-productive!

       

      CENF comments electoral review Haringey v2.pdf
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