Last chance to influence changes to Slough and Windsor constituencies!
Tonight is your last chance to comment on the Boundary Commission’s plans to reorganise parliamentary constituencies.
The Boundaries Commission for England has carried out eight public consultation events on its proposals to reorganise English parliamentary constituencies, revealed in September. Today sees the last day for submissions to the Commission’s online consultation.
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 moving Chalvey from Slough to Windsor.
The Commission has a legal requirement to equalise the size of parliamentary constituencies and also to oversee the reduction of the number of MPs from 650 to 600. The number of constituencies in the South East region must reduce from 84 to 83.
By law, every constituency must contain between 71,031 and 78,507 electors. Both local authority areas are too large to fit within a single constituency. Slough Borough Council currently comprises 80,072 people registered to vote while Windsor has 97,048. But while the existing Slough constituency is currently at 76,668, within the allowed range, Windsor constituency is well below that range at 68,834.
Colnbrook with Poyle is already part of the Windsor constituency and the Boundary Commission proposes transferring Chalvey to join it.
As we have learnt, Slough’s councillors have been unable to find agreement on a common reponse. Labour councillors have argued there is no need to modify the Slough constituency borders, and suggested transferring Bracknell wards instead. The Conservatives have criticised Labour’s claims that Chalvey and Windsor have nothing in common, citing historical ties. The party’s defence of the proposals may neuter the Labour criticism.
With Slough’s population is expanding more rapidly than its neighbours what is clear is that something has to change – if not now, then at the next boundary review in 5 years.
You can have your say online on the Boundary Commission website here. The consultation closes tonight.