The political map of Waltham Forest is set to change.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England wants to hear from people living in the borough as they draw up the new pattern of wards in the area.

The body has launched a consultation as the first part of an electoral review which will see the wards of the borough remapped and reorganised.

There will be no change to the current total number of councillors representing the borough as a whole, which will remain at 60.

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In redrawing the ward map for the borough, the Commission says it wants to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so each councillor will represent roughly the same number of voters going forward.

The aim is to also ensure that the new council wards reflect “as far as possible” the interests and identities of communities across the borough.

Professor Colin Mellors, chairman of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Waltham Forest. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.

“If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Waltham Forest then this consultation is for you.

“If you’re interested in the way the borough is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say. Your views will make a difference.

“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review, whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Waltham Forest or just a small part of the borough.

“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in December.”

You have until August 12, 2019 to submit your views for the consultation.

Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at and