Slough MP has complained that draft proposals from the Boundary Commission that include moving Colnbrook with Poyle from Adam Afriye’s Windsor constituency to a new cross-county constituency are “disrespectful” to Slough.
A LEADING councillor has issued a stinging response after accusations of underhand tactics in an election boundary review. Opposition councillors who claim deputy leader, Cllr James Swindlehurst of the Labour Group, ‘reneged’ on an agreement to recommend a cross-party proposal.
This week’s surprising u-turn by the Boundary Commission has emphasised Colnbrook’s unique positioning – and isolation – within the Slough borough, igniting further debate on whether the ward would be better aligned with it’s parliamentary constituency Windsor & Maidenhead.
Cllr Mike Nye has successfully forced the Boundary Commission into a rethink on its earlier recommendations to merge the village into a combined Colnbrook & Langley East ward. Cllr Nye, who has been a resident of Colnbrook for 34 years, argued that Colnbrook’s strong community identity, and “passion for protecting our open spaces” was at odds with the densely populated urbanisation of Foxborough. He also urged the LGBCE to consider an electoral registration drive rather than simply redrawing ward boundaries.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has published final recommendations on local electoral arrangements for Slough. After it’s nine week consultation it has reversed its draft decision to create a new Colnbrook & Langley East ward.
Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council has continued its apparent policy of breaking away from Slough with a proposal to create a Local Plan with neighbouring villages from the Royal Borough. Cllr Mike Nye has produced a report on Localism, proposing to the Finance and Policy Committee in February that we could join with Datchet and Horton on their local plan under the new Localism Act.
The Boundary Commission has recommended major changes to the borough’s electoral wards, with big implications for Colnbrook. Colnbrook would merge with part of Langley St. Mary’s ward to become Colnbrook and Langley East, and Foxborough would vanish.
Click here to view the Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission review (opens in a new window).
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is asking Colnbrook residents to comment on its draft proposals for new electoral arrangements for Slough Borough Council. Under the proposals Colnbrook will be merged with parts of Langley St. Mary’s and Foxborough.
We are keen to know which of the four proposals made gains popular support – or if residents of the current Colnbrook with Poyle ward (or adjoining areas) have other ideas. Click here to vote for your preference of the four proposals or to tell Colnbrook Views why you think another approach would be better.