The parliamentary Boundary Commission for England’s initial report proposes changes to the Wimbledon Constituency’s boundaries
At present the constituency covers the council wards of Abbey, Cannon Hill, Dundonald, Hillside, Merton Park, Raynes Park, Trinity, Village, West Barnes & Wimbledon Park. All these wards would remain in Wimbledon constituency apart from Cannon Hill which would be transferred to Mitcham & Morden. In exchange, the Wimbledon constituency would gain the Kingston wards of Old Malden & St James. Those wards comprise Old Malden, the Kingston parts of Motspur Park and most of New Malden south of the line of Burlington Road/Kingston Road. It would extend down the A3 as far as the Hogsmill River (the dip between the New Malden & Tolworth underpasses).
The transfer of Cannon Hill to Mitcham & Morden would place the boundary along a stretch of Kingston Road/Bushey Road such that the south side of those roads between Wimbledon Chase station and Grand Drive would move to the Mitcham & Morden seat.
Apart from gaining Cannon Hill ward, the Mitcham & Morden constituency would lose Longthornton ward to Croydon North.
Comments on these proposals can be made to the Boundary Commission for England until 2 August by accessing their website at www.bcereviews.org.uk and following the guidance under the “How to” tab.
This review of constituency boundaries should not be confused with the Local Government Boundary Commission’s review of ward boundaries in Merton. This was concluded last year and the revised ward boundaries will come into effect at next year’s London Borough elections.
One curiosity is that the parliamentary Boundary Commission has ignored the new ward boundaries and has produced its proposals based on the old ward boundaries. This only affects a small area of Merton Park ward that is being moved to Cannon Hill ward but which on these proposals would remain in the Wimbledon constituency.