Every wondered which electoral ward you live in? And which housing authority you come under? And who is your MP? Even if you just want to report a crime, which police team will it get assigned to?
Sadly, most local residents don’t know the answer to these questions, but its not really that surprising. Its a strange world of ever-changing boundaries and reshaping of communities. For example, the “Kirkstall” ward doesn’t really fully reflect the identity of the Kirkstall community: it omits some parts of what locals would consider Kirkstall and conversely includes parts of other communities. Maybe it’s the naming of the wards that is the issue?
Then there are the police divisions and the ever-evolving neighbourhood policing teams (since I first drew this chart they’ve changed their names of the team again!) which don’t quite reflect the wards and areas in the same way that the electoral commission thinks define the community.
Finally, there’s our parliamentary constituencies, which yet again draw more different boundaries about what defines our communities.
I’m not criticising the elected members and representatives of the bodies that have to work within these boundaries, but its a shame that those who define these boundaries pay less consideration to the fact that its so complex to work out who to talk to unless you happen to be a councillor, ward manager, police inspector, or an MP! So, its hardly surprising that most residents don’t have the answers.
So, to help those of you wondering how you fit in to the big picture, and who you need to contact, I’ve drawn the following summary. As always I’m happy to make changes if needed, its all been drawn up by hand from various sources as I couldn’t find anything on my web travels. I’ll try to keep it up to date, but need amendments pointing out please!
There’ll be a test at the end of the quiz…
|Leeds City Council
|Leeds City Council
|Electoral Ward||Parliamentary Constituency||West Yorkshire Police Division||Neighbourhood Policing Team|
|West North West||North West (Inner)||Hyde Park & Woodhouse||Leeds Central||North West Leeds||Hyde Park & Woodhouse|
|Kirkstall||Leeds West||Headingley, Weetwood & Kirkstall|
|Weetwood||Leeds North West|
|North West (Outer)||Otley and Yeadon||Airedale and Wharfdale|
|Adel and Wharfedale|
|Guiseley and Rawdon||Pudsey|
|West (Outer)||Calverley and Farsley||Pudsey|
|Farnley and Wortley||Leeds West|
|West (Inner)||Bramley and Stanningley||Armley, Bramley and Stanningley|
|East North East||North East (Inner)||Chapel Allerton||Leeds North East||North East Leeds||Chapel Allerton|
|Roundhay||Roundhay, Alwoodley and Moortown|
|North East (Outer)||Alwoodley|
|Harewood||Elmet & Rothwell||Wetherby and Harewood|
|East (Inner)||Killingbeck and Seacroft||Leeds East||Killingbeck and Seacroft|
|Gipton and Harehills||Gipton and Harehills|
|Burmantofts and Richmond Hill||Leeds Central||Burmantofts and Richmond Hill|
|South East||East (Outer)||Garforth and Swillington||Elmet & Rothwell||Garforth, Kippax Swillington and Methley|
|Kippax and Methley|
|Crossgates and Whinmoor||Leeds East||Crossgates, Whinmoor and Temple Newsam|
|South (Inner)||City and Hunslet||Leeds Central||City & Holbeck||City|
|Beeston and Holbeck||Holbeck|
|South (Outer)||Rothwell||Elmet & Rothwell|
|Morley North||Morley and Outwood||Morley|
|Ardsley and Robin Hood|
PS I was only joking about the test.