Last year, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) started a review of Lambeth council’s electoral wards. The process is designed to make sure that the wards are as fair as possible in terms of representation. The LGBCE wants to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.
Following a first-stage consultation with Lambeth residents, community groups and organisations and the voluntary sector in the borough, the LGBCE has drawn up proposals which make changes to the current electoral wards. It is proposing that there should be 26 wards and 1-3 councillors per ward. All wards will change.
For the current Brixton Hill ward, the following changes are proposed:
- The area between Brixton Prison and Acre Lane will join the neighbourhood to the north (such as Solon and Ferndale Roads) to become a new ward called Brixton Acre Lane.
- The area south of Brixton Prison will join the Clapham Park Estate across the South Circular and down towards Clapham Common.
- The Roupell Park Estate and Holmewood Gardens will be in a ward called Rush Common with much of the area that side of Brixton Hill down to Brixton itself.
- Challice Way and Vibart Gardens would be in a new ward with the rest of the St Martin’s Estate and area around Tulse Hill station called St Martin’s. This ward would have just two councillors.