New Ward Boundaries Reblogged from Hackney Citizen

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Hackney’s ward boundaries have been redrawn, bringing changes in both the north and the south of the borough.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements in Hackney this week.

Under the new arrangements, a new three-member Cazenove ward will be bordered by a three-member Springfield ward in the north east of the borough.

This recommendation replaces the Commission’s original draft plan for a three-member Stamford Hill East ward and a three-member Upper Clapton ward.

According to Ian Sharer, Liberal Democrat councillor for Cazenove ward, some initial draft proposals were met with protest from residents, but he commended the review for responding positively to the criticism. He told the Hackney Citizen: “On balance we are very pleased with the outcome of the consultation.

“There were appeals against early plans to cut up a very multicultural area (Cazenove)- and in response they listened to our requests. It was a proper consultation and the boundary commission should take much credit for restoring the wishes of the local people of Cazenove.”

Rick Muir, chair of Labour group on the Council, said he broadly welcomed the recommendations: “Continuity is important, but we have to recognise that there has been a rapid increase in population in the south of the borough. Where there did need to be change, we think the new wards represent community identities better than the previous ones.”

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