Many new residential developments in Westminster have few or no registered voters, according to the latest Electoral Register published by Westminster City Council and research in to new residential developments conducted by Labour Councillors.
According to Labour Councillors’ research into a number of new developments in the Hyde Park, West End, Marylebone High Street and St James’s Wards where the Electoral Register reveals there have been significant reductions in the number of registered voters since last year;
– A 36 apartment development at 2 Hyde Park Square has no registered voters (Hyde Park Ward where there has been a 9.3% drop in voters since last year)
– A 39 apartment development in North Row, W1 has 1 registered voter (West End Ward where there has been a 9.5% drop in voters since last year)
– A 22 apartment development at the corner of Baker Street and George Street has 3 registered voters (Marylebone High Street Ward where there has been a 8.3% drop in voters since last year)
– A 129 apartment development at 70 Horseferry Road has 9 registered voters (St James’s Ward where there has been a 9.5% drop in voters since last year)
(Overall there has been a 6.9% reduction in voters in Westminster – from 138,200 to 128,566 – since February 2014. These figures include EU citizens who can vote in Council and European elections but not in General Elections).
Interestingly, the 129 apartment development on Horesferry Road is on the site of the former Horseferry Road Magistrates Court which was redeveloped in conjunction with Marylebone Magistrates Court. All the social housing from both developments is located on the Marylebone site at 171-175 Seymour Place where 66 social housing flats were built. There are 82 registered voters in the 66 flats on Seymour Place.
“Many of the new residential developments in Westminster contain few people who are on the Electoral Register. Many of these developments are second homes or used as short stay accommodation for business people or tourists, tearing the heart out of the West End and making many new developments like expensive ‘ghost towns’. Interestingly, one of the few new residential developments in Westminster where there are new voters is the new social housing development in Seymour Place where a new residential community is taking root, where the children go to local schools and where residents use local shops every day. We need more developments like this to provide homes for local residents and to keep the heart of Westminster beating strongly”.