By Tara O’Connor, local democracy reporter
Croydon could end up being represented by four MPs – an increase from the current three – if changes to constituencies go ahead.
This week the Boundary Commission for England (BCE) published initial proposals for new constituency boundaries and opened an eight-week consultation period.
The review was launched to ensure that the number of voters in each constituency is more equal by increasing the number of constituencies in England from 533 to 543.
Final recommendations are set to be presented to parliament by July 2023.
The initial proposals suggest four constituencies to cover Croydon which would be Croydon East, Croydon North, Croydon South and Norwood.
The current constituencies are Croydon North, Croydon Central and Croydon South.
The following council wards would be included in each of the new constituencies.
Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, New Addington North, New Addington South, Park Hill & Whitgift, Selsdon & Addington Village, Selsdon Vale & Forestdale, Shirley North and Shirley South.
Bensham Manor, Broad Green, West Thornton, Fairfield, Norbury & Pollards Hill, Selhurst, part of Waddon and Longtornton which is a Merton Council ward.
Coulsdon Town, Kenley, Old Coulsdon, Purley & Woodcote, Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, South Croydon and part of Waddon.
Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Woodside, Norbury Park as well as Lambeth Council wards Gipsy Hill and Knight’s Hill.
Consultation on the proposals ends on August 2 and can be found here: www.bcereviews.org.uk. It will be followed by another two consultations in 2022.
Tim Bowden, secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said: “We consider all feedback received during the consultation process, and it is your local knowledge that helps us to shape constituencies that best reflect your local area.”
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