Plan to move Colnbrook to Surrey is “disrespectful to Slough” says MP

Plans to ‘shove’ one of the central wards in Slough into Windsor, under new parliamentary boundaries, have been slammed as ‘disrespectful’.

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Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart has reacted angrily to the national boundary commission proposals to move Cippenham Meadows into Windsor, and move Colnbrook and Poyle from Windsor into the Spelthorne constituency in Surrey’s patch.

The plans, released by the Boundary Commission for England on Tuesday, are part of a nationwide review.

Ms Mactaggart said:

It has decided to make Slough the victim of Surrey’s difficulties, handing Colnbrook and Poyle to a different county, but worse, shoving one of the wards which includes the central part of Slough, Cippenham Meadows, into Windsor, claiming wrongly that it has better transport links to Windsor than eastern wards.

I hope to be joined by Adam Afriyie, Windsor MP, in suggesting that these changes are unwelcome and asking them to think again.

The 2013 Review of Parliamentary constituency boundaries will introduce substantial changes. It will reduce the number of constituencies in England from 533 to 502 and make sure that each constituency has a similar number of registered electors.

It has revised its earlier 2011 proposals include a new cross-county boundary constituency in Berkshire and Surrey (Spelthorne) in order “to retain a greater number of existing constituencies unchanged in Surrey”.

The current electoral quota is 76,641. Every constituency – except two covering the Isle of Wight – must have a number of registered electors that is no more than 5% lower or higher than this figure. In practice, this means constituencies must contain between 72,810 and 80,473 electors. Both of the new constituencies would have just over 74,000 voters.

An eight week consultation has now started. It is the last chance for people to have their say before the commission prepares its final report.

The changes come after recommendations by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England in May to split Slough into 13 three-councillor wards, one two-councillor ward (Colnbrook-with-Poyle) and one single-councillor ward (Foxborough).

Ms Mactaggart added:

Proposals both these bodies have come up with show real disrespect to slough. The plan to make the most deprived neighbourhood in the town a one councillor seat simply ignores the pressure that member will face.

View the proposed new boundaries here in PDF format:

Slough
Spelthorne

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