Last chance to object to division of Hammersmith from Shepherds Bush


I've had a lot of queries and concerns from Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush residents after my brief reference in the last eNews to the proposal to divide this constituency at the Goldhawk Road, with the areas north and south going into different Parliamentary seats.

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Between now and 11 December is the second, and effectively the last, chance to comment on the proposals for new Parliamentary boundaries by the Boundary Commission for England, and I’ve been asked to provide a guide for those wishing to comment.

I wrote about the original plans in March of this year. Under the previous proposal, the Borough would have been split into three, with Shepherds Bush merging into an Ealing seat, Hammersmith joining up with south Fulham and College Park & Old Oak tagged onto Willesden.

I objected to these proposals and put forward my own scheme. About 600 residents supported me as against 200 who preferred the Commission's plans.

Last month the Commission responded by putting forward a revised proposal. Unfortunately, the new plans, though different, have many of the same faults as the original.

Now all of Shepherds Bush will be merged into Willesden in a seat stretching from Goldhawk Road and Stamford Brook Road up to Wembley on one side and Kilburn on the other.

I have submitted a fresh objection which you can read here.

You are welcome simply to agree (or disagree) with my arguments or to make your own points. Comments can be made here and can be as long or as short as you like.

In brief, my objections are:

- The Boundary Commission has shown partiality in acknowledging the support from Kensington & Chelsea for keeping that borough together while dismembering H&F, without giving similar weight to the views expressed here.  

- Shepherds Bush would be the junior partner in the new Willesden and Shepherds Bush constituency. There are poor transport links north to south. We do not share councils, NHS, fire or Police services.

- Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush belong together. Communities, residents’ groups, even families straddle the Goldhawk Road.  We use the same shopping centres, theatres and public services.

And for my own part, it is an absolute pleasure to represent the whole community here, and I do not wish to have to opt for one part over the other.

P.S. The Commission do listen to residents' views, so if you run a local group or just know other local residents who may not be on my mailing list then please pass this on.

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commented 2017-11-30 10:58:17 +0000 · Flag
Nice Blog . thanks for sharing with us.
commented 2017-11-29 15:58:21 +0000 · Flag
I have objected three times to the Commission but I will do so again. Drawing lines on a map without real on-the-geround knowledge is no way to do the job. Andy has the knowledge and experience of how our neighbourhoods work and Incan only hope the Commission will wake up in time and pay attention!
commented 2017-11-29 15:54:24 +0000 · Flag
I have expressed my views to the Commission three times but I am willing to do it a forth time. They are drawing lines with no on-the-ground knowledge of how neighbourhoods work.
commented 2017-11-27 10:08:21 +0000 · Flag
I have only just heard about this, I feel so angry and object to this boundary change in the strongest possible way. This cannot be allowed to happen. We have identified with Hammersmith and Fulham and lived and voted in this borough for many years and to eject us from this in an undemocratic way feels like there is a corruption going on. Please do not let the boundary change happen.
commented 2017-11-27 07:23:38 +0000 · Flag
I AM against the boundarie changes.
commented 2017-11-25 22:24:04 +0000 · Flag
Thank you Andy for your support and determination. I have commented on the boundary changes in support of your objection and proposals. I will be asking fellow residents to do the same.

Laurence
commented 2017-11-24 12:41:00 +0000 · Flag
As usual the tories deciding the rich from the poor when will people wake up in this country
commented 2017-11-23 08:36:20 +0000 · Flag
I am agaist boundary changes that will benefit the richer
commented 2017-11-22 20:19:40 +0000 · Flag
Those of you commenting here, not sure your objections will count. Please follow the ‘comments can be made here’ link and leave your details.
commented 2017-11-22 19:07:44 +0000 · Flag
I object, I am sure this is a way for the Tories to gain more votes some how or other, thank you for your support for us
commented 2017-11-22 18:05:58 +0000 · Flag
Since I came to London – more than 10 yrs ago – I felt part of the H&F community. I was in contact with the council many times, and always happy of their support. I’ve finally bought my first home in this borough because I felt home here and I like very much how it is administrate. I find this proposal nonsense as Shepherds bush is so much closer to Hammersmith than other council centre and town hall. It was one of the reason I chose to buy home here and the price of the houses reflected the value of the borough as well. Should I ask for a compensation then? It is absolutely unreasonable that now they want to change plan. I don’t feel this is a fair way to act, and should be something that the residents decide, voting with a sort of referendum-like.
commented 2017-11-22 18:04:17 +0000 · Flag
Thank you Andy Slaughter for your continuous support of the residents of the Borough. I think the proposals are clearly political and does not take us into consideration.
commented 2017-11-22 17:40:27 +0000 · Flag
I would like the boundaries not to change. Thank you Andy for submitting an objection.
commented 2017-11-22 17:35:53 +0000 · Flag
This breaking up/division of the borough seems more political, separating the more upmarket areas of the borough from the rest.
This proposal must be stopped
commented 2017-11-22 17:35:04 +0000 · Flag
I am a Hammersmith resident of 30 years and do not want this historic connection with Shepherds Bush broken! My father lives in Bush and I want him to stay in same borough, this feels very important to me. It sounds like Tory gerrymandering to me. We as residents are never asked by the powers that be so thank you Andy Slaughter for bringing this to our attention and also for trying to challenge and prevent from happening.
commented 2017-11-22 16:42:10 +0000 · Flag
I have lived and worked in Hammersmith and Fulham for 26 years and I would like to stay in Hammersmith and Fulham .
commented 2017-11-22 13:40:50 +0000 · Flag
The M.P. makes sense; the Boundary Commission does not.
An Observer from Afar who is acquainted with the London Boroughs.
s./ Alan Flacks, N.Y.C.