Colnbrook may find itself more isolated under new proposals released by the Boundary Commission this week. Under its new plan, Chalvey will not be moved to Windsor, while the sprawling Windsor constituency will instead take in territory from Surrey as it is redrawn to straddle county boundaries for the first time.
There has been a muted backlash to plans by the Boundary Commission to transfer Chalvey from Slough to Windsor, but a number of the (relatively few) responses received were simply disparaging towards Slough.
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.
Does the move of Chalvey to Windsor present an opportunity for Colnbrook, helping to ensure a better focus on the issues in the eastern part of the county in Parliament? Or does it create an opportunity to complete the process of integrating Colnbrook more fully into Slough, left incomplete 20 years ago?
Tonight is your last chance to comment on the Boundary Commission’s plans to reorganise parliamentary constituencies. Contrary to the last set of proposals that included transferring the Colnbrook with Poyle ward from the Windsor to Spelthorne constituency, this time the Commission has proposed include transferring Chalvey from Slough to join Colnbrook with Poyle in the Windsor constituency.
Slough councillors have been unable to agree on a response to the Boundary Commission’s proposal to move Chalvey from the Slough to Windsor constituency, with Colnbrook’s Cllr Dexter Smith, for the Conservative, rubbishing suggestions that Chalvey and Windsor have “no connections”.
“The heart is being ripped out of Slough”: Council Leader criticises Boundary Commission recommendations
The Boundary Commission’s recommendation to transfer Chalvey to Windsor feels like “the heart is being ripped out of Slough”, says the leader of Slough Borough Council, while the town’s MP has labelled it “a careless ‘fix’ to a Windsor problem”.
Boundary Commission recommends Colnbrook to stay put; Chalvey to pay price of over-representation in Windsor
The Boundary Commission has backtracked on proposals in the last review of constituencies to move Colnbrook from Windsor to Spelthorne. But Slough’s Chalvey ward is set to pay the price this time around in the bid to equalise constituency size.
The Boundary Commission has confirmed its intention to publish its new proposals for reorganising parliamentary constituencies – which could impact Colnbrook – on Tuesday, 12th September. A 12-week consultation will begin on the same day.
Controversial proposals to transfer Colnbrook into the Spelthorne constituency, scrapped in 2013, could be back on the table in just over a month when the Boundary Commission reveals its revised plans.