Electoral review of Barnet ward boundaries
Between May 2018 and January 2020, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) carried out a statutory review of the London Borough of Barnet’s electoral arrangements. The last review of the borough’s ward boundaries was in 1999, since then Barnet’s population has grown significantly (and will continue to do so). The LGBCE review set out to:
- Establish electoral equality - all councillors representing approximately the same number of electors
- Promote community identity - strong ward boundaries that represent communities
- Allow effective and convenient local government - coherent wards with good internal transport links.
On 6 July 2020, London Borough of Barnet (Electoral Changes) Order 2020 was laid in draft in Parliament for a period of 40 sitting days and became legislation on 16 September 2020.
The new ward boundaries (served by the new polling districts and polling places) will come into effect for the next local government elections on 5 May 2022.
Full information on the electoral review can be found on the LGBCE website
Changes to ward boundaries
Having new ward boundaries, means:
- Barnet will continue to be represented by 63 councillors
- the number of wards will increase from 21 to 24 wards
- there will be 15 three-councillor wards and 9 two-councillor wards
- the boundaries of every ward will be changed
- new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the Local Government elections on 5 May 2022
These changes mean:
- Some wards will have fewer electors, so will be represented by two councillors
- Wards with a larger number of electors will be presented by three councillors
- Your polling station where you vote may change
- The names of many wards have changed
Map of new ward boundaries
How this will affect Barnet
A programme of work is underway to implement the new electoral arrangements that will be required from May 2022.
The new ward boundaries will affect the council’s:
- electoral arrangements in Barnet
- governance and decision making arrangements
- operational delivery of services planned by ward areas
- data collection and comparison by ward
We will seek to raise awareness of the changes with partners, stakeholders and residents.
Polling Districts and Places will change for elections in May 2022 - Have your say!
These changes to the warding arrangements in Barnet has meant that all polling districts and polling places need to be reviewed. Find out more about the Review of Polling districts and polling places and have your say!
Timeline of events
|4 October 2021||
Presenting 1st draft of new polling district and polling places for CGP Committee ahead of the six-week statutory public consultation
Public consultation inviting comments on the proposed polling places and polling districts for the new wards
|6 January 2022||
Final polling district and polling places report - for CGP committee final approval.
|Full Council||22 January 2022||Final proposal for Resident Forums and Area Committee arrangements to be agreed|
|Publication of Register of Electors: new wards and polling districts||1 March 2022||Publication of the Electoral Register with new wards and Polling Districts in time for Local Election 2022|
Local Government Elections Polling Day
|5 May 2022|
|Annual Council||May 2022||Following the local elections, new councillors will be allocated to committees.|