Over 10% of residents in Slough could fall off the electoral register today, the first to be compiled since new rules were imposed by the Government. But in Colnbrook, Cippenham, Elliman, Chalvey and Central the figure could be far higher.
Those who campaigned for against Colnbrook’s move to neighbouring Spelthorne may breath a further sigh of relief as further evidence of Spelthorne’s political troubles is revealed. The list of former mayors leaving the Conservatives to become members of the opposition group in Spelthorne has grown after the latest defector “just felt like a change”
On on the footsteps of the Community Governance Review, Slough Borough Council is also embarking on a review on polling districts and polling stations.
Slough initiated a Community Governance Review on Tuesday in what could have far reaching implications for the village. Focusing on improving community engagement, local democracy and delivery of local services, the review will have a remit to create, merge, alter or even abolish parishes.
Government plans to redraw parliamentary constituencies in time for the 2015 general election in 2015 were crushed when the House of Lords voted by 300 to 231 for an amendment to veto the changes until after a boundary review in 2018. The plans would have involved Colnbrook with Poyle moving from Windsor to Spelthorne.
THE Liberal Democrats have held on to their Sunbury Common ward seat on Spelthorne Borough Council in a by-election that saw the Conservatives pushed into fourth place.
Ward councillor James Walsh has used his Christmas newsletter to warn that Spelthorne MP Kwarsi Kwarteng’s support for western expansion of Heathrow could destroy the village.
The initial release of census figures on Tuesday expose the scale of the inadequacy of current electoral figures for Slough. The Boundary Commission based their proposals for changes to the Slough on a registered electorate for Slough of 84,908, while census figures show Slough actually had a total voting age population of 102,981 were of voting age, a difference of 18,073.
The CCA are asking what residents and local businesses think of the proposals, and whether the Commission’s justification that the “good transport links” to Staines make it logical. It wants to know whether residents are concerned that the split of local/parliamentary representation will continue for another generation. The Boundary Commission consultation closes on 10th December 2012 and the CCA will be submitting a response based on the feedback received by Sunday 9th November.
An eight week consultation into moving Colnbrook from Adam Afriye’s Windsor constituency to a new cross-county constituency of Spelthorne is entering its final stages, with overwhelming support in favour of a move expressed in submissions to the Boundary Commission so far.
A merging of neighbourhood policing areas will ‘improve the resilience’ of the force – ensuring officers are on the streets seven days a week according to Thames Police.