CCA to hold consultation on moving to Spelthorne

The Colnbrook Community Association is directly consulting with its members in response to the Boundary Commission’s plea for more ordinary residents to give their views.

Under the proposals, Colnbrook would remain under Slough Borough Council but would move from the parliamentary constituency of Windsor to neighbouring Spelthorne – which would become a cross-county constituency. The split between local and parliamentary representation that has existed since the ward was created in 1995 would remain.

While the Boundary Commission has stated that the vast majority of submissions received to date in response to the proposal were very supportive, it was clear it is particularly interested in receiving views from residents.

We encourage everyone to use this final opportunity to contribute to the design of the new constituencies – the more public views we hear, the more informed our decisions will be before we make recommendations to the Government.

We ask everyone wishing to contribute to the design of the new constituencies to first look at the revised proposals report, and accompanying maps, before responding to us.

You can find more details of how to respond on our website, or you can write to us direct or email southeast@bcommengland.x.gsi.gov.uk. You can also find more details about the rest of the review on our website.

The Commission makes no bones about the primary reason for the move being to allow other wards to remain unchanged in Berkshire and Surrey. However, while local councillors and MPs have made angry noises, their parties have been fully behind the proposal in their official submissions.

On one level it effectively means no change for Colnbrook. While recent local and parish elections have shown a strong showing for Labour in Colnbrook, our representation at Westminster continues to be out of kilter being part of a safe Tory constituency. However, any Labour voters thinking that a move from will give them a voice should think again. Current Conservative MP won his Windsor constituency in 2010 with a 38% majority while fellow Tory Kwasi Kwarteng also won his seat with a majority of 21%. And those who long to return to those pre-1995 days when Colnbrook was part of South Bucks should observe that Beaconsfield MP Dominic Grieve won his seat with a 41% majority.

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.

More generally the CCA is also asking where members see their natural “allegiance” in view of our geographical ‘isolation’ between the reservoirs, motorways and airport: it has long argued that there should be closer links with Windsor & Maidenhead, and greater integration with Slough has been bitterly resisted. Proposals for a new Colnbrook and Langley East ward during the Local Government boundary review were ripped up.

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.

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