2023 Review - London Jan 20, 2023 10:40:37 GMT
Post by islington on Jan 20, 2023 10:40:37 GMT
I really like that version of Clapham - Clapham Junction isn't part of what traditionally would be called "Clapham", but the two are conflated especially by younger people. It's also an area where the borough boundary isn't particularly strong on the ground, except for the part through the Common (but even there you could argue it's a focal point for communities either side rather than a hard barrier).
This isn't a serious suggestion, and it would be too late anyway, but one must do something to fill the idle days of awaiting the BCE's final scheme and I fell to wondering whether it was possible to get rid of the Wandsworth ward split without throwing out the BCE's entire south London scheme.
I came up with this. The nine seats involved cover an area identical to nine seats in the BCE's revised plan, so it has no knock-on consequences elsewhere. Everything is contiguous and legal, and although there is a fair bit of boundary-crossing, no seat extends into more than two boroughs. I reckon eight of these seats work quite well, and I'm actually rather pleased with this version of Clapham. The fly in the ointment is a long thin Brixton seat that looks like a rocket leaving the launch pad.
I do reiterate that I'm sold on the Wandsworth ward split so I wouldn't have submitted this even if I'd thought of it in time.
Wimbledon & Coombe - 71641
Tooting - 70916
Wandsworth & Putney - 76668
Battersea & Vauxhall - 74297
Clapham - 75309
Brixton - 76106
Dulwich & West Norwood - 72767
Camberwell & Peckham - 70243
Lewisham West & Nunhead - 70592
I also find the idea of Vauxhall and Battersea intriguing - Nine Elms is very much an extension of the former, being dominated by high rise and redevelopments by the river. But the rest of Battersea feels rather more separate, so I don't think I like the idea yet. I say yet, because given a decade or two community ties might well shift to bring the two closer together.
I see what you mean.
You could rectify it by, compared with the plan above, removing the two wards that comprise Battersea proper (St Mary's Park and Latchmere), and also Stockwell, and adding in Larkhall and the two Clapham wards to create a Vauxhall & Clapham seat that is inelegantly shaped but maybe more homogeneous in social terms. Brixton would then gain Stockwell and lose Thornton, which is probably an improvement, with everything else forming a revised Battersea seat that is rather poorly defined on its southern flank.
On balance, though, if you're determined to avoid a ward split I'd prefer my plan as mapped.