Council disputes ward name changes

Stamford Town Hall
Stamford Town Hall

Town councillors have criticised their district counterparts for suggesting ward names in Stamford should be changed.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England wants to reduce the number of South Kesteven district councillors from 58 to 55.

It has launched a consultation on where the new ward boundaries should be and has recommended reducing the number of councillors in the Stamford St John’s ward from three to two.

The district council has issued a response to the proposal, part of which involves creating four new wards to reflect population changes.

The wards would be roughly in the same place as the current wards but would have different names.

St John’s would become Malcolm Sargent; All Saints would be Bluecoat; St George’s would be Northfields; and St Mary’s would be St Martin’s.

Stamford Town Council has also issued a response which calls for the current names to be retained.

Town councillors discussed the issue at a meeting on Tuesday and agreed on their response.

They said Stamford’s ward names were tied to the history of the town and its churches, of which residents were “incredibly proud”.

They added: “Whilst the churches remain within the centre of the old town, the electoral wards very much reflect the history of the town in addition to remaining a vibrant part of the life of the town.

“The town council strongly urges the Boundary Commission to retain these specific identities and that the ward names remain unchanged.”

The district council’s response said the new names were based on features of the town that sit within the proposed new wards.

But the town council said the names were not as relevant as the current historic relationships.

The town council has launched a poll on its website to gauge the opinion of residents. To have your say visit the {http://www.stamfordtowncouncil.co.uk/legal/proposed-boundary-changes/Stamford Town Council} website.

The Boundary Commission consultation will end on August 5.