These have now been approved by Parliament and will come into force at the borough council elections on Thursday 5 May 2022.
Lambeth Council currently has 21 wards. These are local areas, like Coldharbour and Thornton.
Each ward is currently represented by 3 councillors, elected every 4 years to represent the best interests of the residents in their ward. Some council services and neighbourhood policing are organised by ward.
The Commission’s recommendations
The Commission recommended 63 councillors for Lambeth, covering 25 new wards, each with 2 or 3 members.
These recommendations have now been approved by Parliament and will come into force at the borough council elections on Thursday 5 May 2022.
What these changes mean for the borough
Lambeth Council will continue to have 63 councillors but there will be 13 three-member wards and 12 two-member wards.
Implementation of the new wards required a statutory review of Lambeth’s polling districts and polling places. This is because existing polling district boundaries do not align with ward changes and new boundaries needed to be devised. A polling place also needed to be designated for each polling district.
The polling districts and polling places review is now complete. Details can be viewed on our polling district and polling review 2021 webpage.
Why the wards were reviewed
Since the last review in 1999, the population in some of the wards has grown more than others and there's more development taking place, like in the north of the borough.
Throughout the 3 stages of the review, the Commission considered the following factors:
- The number of wards
- The names of wards
- Where the boundaries between wards should lie
- The number of councillors for each ward
- Voter population for each ward
- Voter population represented by each councillor
- Interests and identities of communities across Lambeth