We want your views on new ward boundaries for Trafford

Following public consultation earlier this year, new boundaries are being proposed for council wards across Trafford.

The process is managed by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE), who would like to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run from 30 November until 7 February 2022.

The LGBCE is the independent body that will ultimately decide on where the new boundaries will sit. The current review aims to build electoral wards that reflect communities and looks to securing electoral fairness for future elections, ensuring that all Trafford councillors will represent similar numbers of electors, and that the wards are drawn in a way that will allow the council work effectively.

The Commission has now published its proposal for changes to Trafford and is proposing that we should keep the current arrangement, under which Trafford has 21 wards with three councillors per ward. 

Proposed changes include:

  • 20 out of the 21 wards will have their boundaries changed.
  • The existing wards of Clifford, Priory and St Mary’s are renamed as Old Trafford, Sale Priory and Manor respectively.
  • The M60 will be used as the boundary between Stretford and Urmston wards
  • There will be a new ward of Barton and Lostock, covering the areas of Lostock, Kingsway Park and Dumplington (Trafford Centre)
  • Changes to the boundaries in the south east of the borough will result in new wards of Timperley North, Timperley Central, and Hale Barns and South Timperley
  • Carrington, Partington, Dunham Massey and Warburton parishes will be united in a single ward. This will also allow some electors previously in Bucklow-St Martin’s ward to be placed in either Ashton upon Mersey or Manor wards.

Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:

“We want people in Trafford to help us. We have drawn up proposals for new wards in Trafford. We want to make sure these new electoral arrangements reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.

Residents and local organisations can help us do that. We would like them to let us know whether they agree with our proposals before we take final decisions.

It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us. Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved”

The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can see the detail of the proposals and comment on the names of wards and their boundaries. 

You can also give your views by e-mail at reviews@lgbce.org.uk and by post:

Review Officer (Trafford)
LGBCE
PO Box 133
Blyth
NE24 9FE
Posted on Tuesday 30th November 2021