Boundary Commission announces next stage of consultation on constituency changes
The Boundary Commission for England has announced the dates for its secondary consultation into parliamentary constituency boundary changes.
The Boundary Commission intends to run the second consultation of the 2018 Boundary Review, which seeks to equalise the size of parliamentary constituencies and reduce the number of MPs, from Tuesday 28th February 2017 to Monday 27th March 2017.
The proposals this time around did not seek to transfer Colnbrook with Poyle, but the town’s MP and many councillors have hit out at the changes proposed. These include the transfer Chalvey from Slough to Windsor. The Slough constituency itself is not currently outside of the prescribed population ranges but will be impacted by changes to other constituencies which are currently over-represented.
MP Fiona Mactaggart has described the Chalvey proposal as disrespectful and unnecessary, labelling it “an offensive plan which is an assault on the town” and “a careless ‘fix’ for a Windsor problem that damages the integrity of Slough”. She also suggested Adam Afriyie, MP, would lack “a clear understanding of their needs and local issues”.
In November it emerged that Slough councillors were unable to agree on a single response to the Boundary Commission. A cross-party panel of 5 councillors, including two actually living in Colnbrook, met on three occasions and but could not find a compromise. Colnbrook’s Cllr Dexter Smith rubbishing Labour claims that Chalvey and Windsor had “no connections” in view of historical links.
What influence the respective submissions will have will be seen next week when the Commission publishes its latest draft.
During the consultation all representations received by the Commission during last year’s 12-week consultation on the initial proposals will be published, and the public will be invited to add any further views to these initial comments.
Nearly 20,000 individuals gave their views during the first consultation either in writing, or at public hearings held by the Commission around the country.