Monday, 5 November 2012

Do the Boundary Commission changes to Walthamstow matter?

The blog Walthamstow Scene17  (No sleep 'til Walthamstow) has more thoughts on the Boundary Commission's new proposals for Walthamstow. These are a few snippets, and the whole article is here:

"The Boundary Commission for England have proposed breaking up the current Walthamstow parliamentary constituency, to merge the north of the area with Chingford and the south with Leyton. . . .

. . . . Walthamstow constituency was originally established with the election of the Liberal MP Edward North Buxton in the 1885 General Election. The population of Walthamstow was 22,531 in 1881, increasing to 47,454 by 1891, and the constituency remained until 1918. Between 1918 and 1974, the constituencies of Walthamstow East and Walthamstow West both had a parliamentary member. The existing Walthamstow constituency has existed since 1974. . . .

. . . . the Boundary Commission have got it wrong. Walthamstow is an area with a coherent geography. The North Circular, Epping Forest, Lea Bridge Road and the Lee Valley provide natural boundaries. The four stations in Walthamstow serve people from across the area, and a glance at the E17 Art Trail map shows that a lot of people happily wander around Walthamstow to enjoy what the area has to offer. Such elements of life add up to a common experience, and it is that common experience and interest that needs representation in Parliament."

The complete article can be read here

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