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Polling districts and polling places review

We are carrying out a review of our polling districts and polling places in readiness for the 5 May 2022 ward elections.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) reviewed the electoral arrangements for Enfield for the first time since 2000. The London Borough of Enfield Order was made in Parliament in October 2020. For more information on their recommendations visit LGBCE - Enfield.

The LGBCE has created 25 wards, four more than there are currently. The number of councillors will remain the same. The 63 councillors will represent 13 three-councillor wards and 12 two-councillor wards across the borough.

Interactive map

Click on the map to see what is being proposed for each ward.


See details for all wards.

View the notice of review (PDF).

Review timeline

5 Aug 2021

Publish a notice of the holding of the review and Acting Returning Officer (ARO) representation

5 Aug to 20 Sep 2021

Public consultation

9 Aug to 20 Aug 2021

Consultation materials forwarded for comment to key stakeholders including:

  • disability and carers groups
  • community groups
  • elected representatives

14 Oct 2021

General Purposes Committee (GPC) to consider draft recommendations

17 Nov 2021

Council to consider recommendations from GPC

1 Dec 2021

Publish revised register with new polling districts

The aim of the review is to ensure that:

  • electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances
  • as far as is reasonable and practicable, polling places are accessible to all electors, and take into account the needs of disabled persons

Beginning of the review

At the start of the process, a notice must be published with details of the review, including when and where comments or representations can be made about the review.

Ian Davis, as Acting Returning Officer for Edmonton, Enfield North and Enfield Southgate parliamentary constituencies, has suggested amendments to the polling district and polling place scheme to reflect the new ward arrangements. The representations are provided for public consultation - you can view the full representations (PDF) or select by ward on the interactive map.

Public consultation

The public consultation runs from 5 August 2021 to 20 September 2021.

This is a chance for electors, community groups and other interested parties to give their views on the polling district boundaries and polling places in Enfield, and where possible make alternative suggestions for consideration.

We also welcome comments or representations from any elected members in the area, local political representatives and any person or body with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability.

To take part in the consultation, you can:

  • complete the online questionnaire, or
  • send your comments by email to pollingreview@enfield.gov.uk or by post to:
    Polling Review Team
    Chief Executives Unit
    Enfield Civic Centre
    Silver Street
    EN1 3ES

The new polling scheme for Enfield

At the end of the public consultation, all representations received will be considered by the General Purposes Committee. The committee will make recommendations for the new Polling Scheme to be put before council for their final decision.

Once the review is complete:

  • We will publish:
    • all correspondence sent and received
    • details of the results of the review, including any issues raised
    • any changes which have been approved, giving the reasons for its decisions
  • All proposals and comments will be available for inspection at the Elections Office
  • The Electoral Registration Officer will publish a revised electoral register in line with the new polling district boundaries
What is a ‘Polling District’?

A polling district is a geographical area created by the subdivision of a UK Parliamentary constituency. All wards within Enfield are divided into polling districts, which form the basis upon which the register of electors is produced.

What is a ‘Polling Place’?

A polling place is the building or area in which polling stations will be selected by the (Acting) Returning Officer (the official in each constituency who conducts an election).

What is a ‘Polling Station’?

A polling station is the room or area within the polling place where voting takes place. Unlike polling districts which are fixed by the local authority, polling stations are chosen by the relevant Returning Officer for the election.

Who can take part in the review?

We welcome comments from electors, community and disability groups and any other interested parties.

When can we submit our views?

The public consultation was launched on 5 August 2021 and is due to close on 20 September 2021.

How did you come up with the proposed scheme for the polling districts and places?

The following information has been compiled to assist the Acting Returning Officer to produce the proposed scheme for polling districts and polling places:

  • Population density
  • Proposed areas of development and the approximate number of properties and expected population numbers for those areas
  • Road traffic maps detailing levels of congestion
  • Public transport accessibility data
  • Details of current polling places and an indication to the overall suitability for purpose
  • Details of potential alternative buildings
  • Ward profile information including levels of deprivation, and ethnicity and disability data.
When will the new wards come into effect?

Elections will be held on Thursday 5 May 2022 for all the new wards.

Why has the number of councillors for my area reduced?

When carrying out an electoral review the Local Government Boundary Commission for England has three main considerations:

  • Improving electoral equality by equalising the number of electors that each councillor represents.
  • Ensuring that the recommendations reflect community identity.
  • Providing arrangements that support effective and convenient local government.

As a result, the LGBCE has created 25 wards, four more than there are currently. The number of councillors will remain the same. The 63 councillors will represent 13 three-councillor wards and 12 two-councillor wards across the borough.

Ward name Number of councillors Electorate (2025 forecast) Number of electors per councillors
Arnos Grove 2 7,280 3,640
Bowes 2 8,111 4,056
Brimsdown 3 11,617 3,872
Bullsmoor 2 8,164 4,082
Bush Hill Park 3 10,965 3,655
Carterhatch 2 7,937 3,969
Cockfosters 2 8,192 4,096
Edmonton Green 3 11,214 3,738
Enfield Lock 3 11,984 3,995
Grange Park 2 7,211 3,606
Haselbury 3 12,064 4,021
Highfield 2 7,600 3,800
Jubilee 3 11,095 3,698
Lower Edmonton 3 11,048 3,683
New Southgate 2 8,142 4,071
Oakwood 2 7,207 3,604
Palmers Green 2 7,896 3,948
Ponders End 2 8,152 4,076
Ridgeway 3 10,695 3,565
Southbury 3 11,472 3,824
Southgate 3 11,944 3,981
Town 3 10,676 3,559
Upper Edmonton 3 12,308 4,103
Whitewebbs 3 11,552 3,851
Winchmore Hill 2 8,320 4,160
Will my polling place change?

Your polling place may change. Please check the information on the map to see if this proposal suggests a change to your polling place.

Following the consultation, what happens next?

All feedback will be considered by the General Purposes Committee who will put forward recommendations to Full Council on 17 November 2021.

Will the changes affect my local council services, bin collections or school catchment area for example?

No, the review is only concerned with polling districts and polling places. The review will not affect your council services, such as bin collections or school catchment area.

Could my Member of Parliament change due to this review?

No, the review will not consider parliamentary constituencies.

What is the role of the Electoral Commission?

The Commission does not have a role in the review process. However, it does play a role after the conclusion of the review.

Once the local authority has published the results of its review, specified interested parties may make representations to the Commission to reconsider any polling districts and polling places. The Commission may direct the authority to make any alterations to the polling places that they think necessary and, if the alterations are not made within two months, they may make the alterations themselves.

If you have any queries about the polling districts and polling places review, you can email pollingreview@enfield.gov.uk, phone 020 3880 2433 or write to us at:

Polling Review Team
Chief Executives Unit
Enfield Civic Centre
Silver Street

Have your say on the proposed polling scheme