'People of South Oxhey will be disappointed with new ward boundaries', says council leader (From Watford Observer)
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'People of South Oxhey will be disappointed with new ward boundaries', says Three Rivers Council leader Ann Shaw
The leader of Three Rivers District Council has expressed disappointment with the "bureaucratic" approach to redrawing the district’s political map.
Ann Shaw said she was unhappy South Oxhey had been split up with parts of the estate being lumped in with Carpenders Park and Oxhey Hall under the new council ward system.
The Liberal Democrat criticised the Boundary Commission’s insistence on dividing the district into the three-councillor ward template, arguing it meant larger electoral areas that did not reflect the geography of the area.
Her comments come after the Boundary Commission released its final draught of the new Three Rivers council ward boundaries this morning.
Councillor Shaw said: "They have divided up the community of South Oxhey, which I don’t think is a good approach at all. I think the people of South Oxhey will be disappointed.
Under the plans the estate, Carpenders Park and Oxhey Hall, which are currently represented by six wards, will be represented by just three: South Oxhey, Carpenders Park and Oxhey Hall and Hayling.
Councillor Shaw said the Boundary Commission’s reluctance to deviate from its three-councillors per ward model had left the district with a political map that was more detached from Three Rivers geographic features.
She added: "I don’t know why they have to have three councillors per ward as I think you lose the geographic characteristics.
"You are just moving the lines and not thinking about the people who live there. It seems a bit bureaucratic. We had wanted to keep Sarratt as a one-member ward as we felt it has a different character to the rest of the district."
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