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14 March 2017

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Residents are being urged to have their say on proposals from the Boundary Commission for England which would see changes made to parliamentary constituencies across England.

Residents are being urged to have their say on proposals from the Boundary Commission for England which would see changes made to parliamentary constituencies across England, including the three existing constituencies in Enfield.

Enfield Council is urging residents to comment on the proposals which, if implemented by the government, would affect Enfield North, Edmonton and Enfield Southgate.

The proposed changes would see an Enfield constituency created from the seven wards in the Enfield North constituency plus Grange Ward from Enfield Southgate. The new look Edmonton constituency would retain the seven wards from the existing Edmonton constituency but add Palmers Green from Enfield Southgate.

Enfield Southgate would be scrapped and three of its wards would help form the new Finchley and Southgate constituency. Cockfosters ward would become part of a new Chipping Barnet and Mill Hill constituency and Bowes Ward part of a new Hornsey and Wood Green constituency.

An initial 12-week consultation was undertaken by the Boundary Commission in the autumn last year, giving the public the first chance to view and comment on their plans. The responses received have recently been published and the Commission are now seeking comments on the submissions and other suggestions made during the initial consultation.

Residents can visit the Commissions website Link to view and comment on the submissions, with a deadline for response on 27 March.

A motion was passed by Enfield Council with cross party support at the February 28 Full Council meeting calling on the Boundary Commission to reconsider its initial proposals so that they could “better reflect the needs of the local area.”

Enfield Council Leader, Cllr Doug Taylor, said: “We want residents to look at these proposals and seriously consider what they will mean for democracy in our borough. It’s vitally important as many people as possible have their say so that the Boundary Commission can take into account the views of residents on this matter.

“This is one of the most significant changes to the London Borough of Enfield since its creation in 1965 and it is tremendously important that people have their say on these proposals.

“The Council is united in thinking these proposals are not in the best interests of Enfield and its residents and we will be asking the Boundary Commission to reconsider their initial proposals for our borough.”