New ward boundaries: 'South Oxhey has been right royally shafted', says councillor (From Watford Observer)
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New ward boundaries: 'South Oxhey has been right royally shafted', says Three Rivers councillor Steve Cox
The leader of Three Rivers Labour group has attacked the new political boundaries of South Oxhey saying residents have been "shafted".
Steve Cox said the Boundary Commission had "dismembered" the estate politically by merging its representative wards with other areas.
Yesterday the commission released its final version of plans to redraw the political map of Three Rivers, which has divided the district into larger three-councillor wards.
On the new map South Oxhey, which is currently represented by three separate wards, will be represented by a single eponymous one.
However parts of the estate are set to be merged into the neighbouring Carpenders Park ward and the current Hayling ward will be combined with Oxhey Hall ward.
Reacting to the changes, Councillor Cox said: "South Oxhey has been right royally shafted. Virtually everywhere else in Three Rivers the Commission has eventually seen the sense of the council’s proposals reflecting as they did community ties.
"The only losers in all of this are the people of South Oxhey who have seen the Whitehall mandarins dismember the estate by dividing it three ways, despite nobody there writing in to support it.
"Eighty-eight people didn’t want the existing Hayling Ward in South Oxhey merged with Oxhey Hall, but they did it anyway. Eighty-one opposed South Oxhey being joined up with Carpenders Park, but they did it anyway.
"For the commission comprised of eminent people such as two professors, two doctors, a gentlemen who has a knighthood and a sixth with a CBE, effectively come out and say that what they have imposed after months of consultation and deliberation is the least worst option says it all. A pretty poor show."
Labour's six councillors in Three Rivers are currently concentrated in Ashridge, Hayling and Northwick wards, which represent the estate.
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