Lambeth Conservatives is calling on the Local Government Boundary Commission of England to rethink two parts of its recommendations to change Thurlow Park ward. The draft changes form part of LGBCE's review of Lambeth Borough ward boundaries. Thurlow Park is located within the Dulwich and West Norwood Parliamentary constituency.
Lambeth Conservatives supports the renaming of this ward, given the Lord Thurlow's associations with the slave trade. However, the Conservatives do not support the suggested new name of "Rosendale". The group thinks "West Dulwich" far better reflects where residents say, think and feel they actually live.
West Dulwich as a name appears to have far more affinity among residents than "Rosendale", which is the name of one road and a pub within the new ward boundaries. As pointed out in the Conservatives' initial submission, this is shown with the "Love West Dulwich" community project, which has its flyers on streets within the ward. "Love West Dulwich" supports local businesses in the area and reflects the fact that residents are proud to live in West Dulwich. All Saints West Dulwich church is within the proposed ward boundary too.
The Conservative Group agrees with the recommended boundary changes to Thurlow Park, with one important exception - the division of Lancaster Avenue. The current plan would see Lancaster Avenue split down the middle with the north and south sides of the road in two completely different wards. This would divide a tight-knit community with an active residents association and ignores the fact that all of Lancaster Avenue is in a Lambeth Conservation Area. Lambeth Conservatives is calling for all of Lancaster Avenue to be included within the newly drawn ward boundary. This would result in only a minimal increase to the number of electors per councillor.
Lambeth Conservatives will be making these points in its next submission to LGBCE. The Conservative Group is encouraging local residents to make their views on the boundaries and then name of the Ward known to the Commission.
To have your say, visit the Lambeth LGBCE website via this link: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/have-your-say/21383
Please note the deadline for responses is Monday 12 April 2021.