Submission to Boundary Comission Second Consultation

The Boundary Commission’s second consultation runs until 11th December.

This is your chance support the Commission’s revised plans which keep Wimbledon together and acknowledge the strong community links across our area.

You can respond to the consultation by clicking here, writing to “Boundary Commission for England, 35 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BQ” or emailing information@boundarycommissionengland.gov.uk

Finally, please see below my response to this latest consultation.

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Dear Sirs,

Boundary Commission Revised Proposals

As Member of Parliament for Wimbledon, I wish to thank the Boundary Commission for listening to the concerns of Wimbledon’s residents in response to your initial proposals.

In removing Wimbledon Village and Wimbledon Park from the constituency, our community would have been effectively ripped apart with the quality of representation diminished.

As the submissions from residents highlighted in your report showed, there are community links across the current Wimbledon constituency and very few local ties between Wimbledon and Putney and Mitcham.

I am pleased that in the light of the significant number of objections to the initial proposals your assistant commissioners visited Wimbledon and Putney. Their conclusion that Village and Wimbledon Park wards are “an integral part of the Wimbledon constituency” is welcome and reflects the strength of feeling in the community.

In the light of these findings, keeping the current Wimbledon constituency together was the right thing to do. This seat would be under the statutory quota for number of voters, so has to be joined by other wards. The decision to add Colliers Wood is sensible, given the close links to Abbey ward in Wimbledon, and the decision to add Roehampton is sensible as it is a relatively self-contained community.

I therefore hope that the Boundary Commission will make no change to the revised Wimbledon constituency in their final recommendations.

Finally, I hope that the conclusions made by the Boundary Commission in their revised proposal about the cohesiveness of the Wimbledon community will be remembered in future boundary reviews.

With best wishes,

Yours faithfully,

 

Stephen Hammond MP