A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
I wondered if there had been a discussion of the ongoing ward boundary review on B&B? If so, I haven't found it. It looks like some rather drastic changes are planned. The first consultation ended in February, and a map from the draft submission by the Council is shown below. This may have been modified before it was submitted, but it looks to me as if the Council's intention is to split off the east part of Bounds Green ward - roughly down the line of the New River? - and move it into Woodside. So Myddleton Road would be split in half:
The reason for reducing the population of the ward is so that Alexandra Ward can be abolished, and about 3k electors moved from there - specifically the triangle on the east side of the railway bounded by Alexandra Park Road and Albert/Durnsford Road - into Bounds Green ward. So the latter would not only be split by the Hertford line, but also by railway lines 1/4km wide running along the south side of Bowes Park! Doesn't sound to me very feasible, and many residents of Alexandra ward - including me - are seriously alarmed by the proposal (i.e. because of the impracticality of it, and because it would split the community of Alexandra Park).
The reason a ward has to be abolished (apologies if you know all this already!) is that a new one has to be created on the east border of the borough to accommodate the expected increase in population by 2024 from all the redevelopment (particularly in Tottenham Hale). The Council want to keep the current total of 19 wards and 57 councillors, and the Commission support them on this. So one ward has to go.
I notice, however, that before the last boundary review in 1999, there were 23 wards and 59 councillors, and the Council suggested reducing the number because the population of Haringey was expected to decline (!). The Commission supported them on this.
Many people in Alexandra have, I think, only become aware of the boundary review in the last 3 or 4 weeks. The Commission are due to present their draft recommendations on 28 May, when residents can comment on it. This final consultation will conclude on 5th August.
I forgot to mention another small group of roads that would be moving into Bounds Green ward, if the Council's draft scheme were adopted - Bidwell, Winton, Wroxham, Tunnel Gdns and part of Blake road. But these would not be impacted by an impassable 1/4km width of railway lines.
This would be a shame, as it would split Bowes Park into three - Bowes Ward in Enfield and Bounds Green and Woodside in Haringey - it would potentially make getting things done for the local community that much more difficult. At least the commercial part of Myddleton Road would be solely in the Bounds Green ward.