residents can have their say on boundary changes
residents can have their say about proposed changes to the local
Parliamentary constituency boundary.
we first reported last
year, residents in parts of the Burnham-On-Sea area could be
voting for a different MP in future General Elections under plans
announced by the Boundary Commission.
the proposals, the Wells constituency - which includes Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge - would be redrawn. The seat, overseen by MP James
Heappey, stands to gain an area containing the villages of East
and West Huntspill, Pawlett, Puriton and Woolavington - and lose
Shepton Mallet and the Mendip villages to the north.
new constituency would also gain voters in the Sedgemoor District
Council wards of Burnham Marine and Knoll to the south and east
of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. These areas are currently cut
in two, with people in part of the ward voting in the Wells Constituency
and the others voting in the Bridgwater and West Somerset seat,
where the MP is Ian Liddell-Grainger.
Boundary Commission for England is asking the public to help shape
plans to change Parliamentary constituency boundaries as it opens
its second consultation.
It follows a decision by Parliament to reduce the number of constituencies
in the UK to 600 from 650, and to ensure that the number of electors
in each constituency is equal, Boundary Commission for England has
been asked to make independent recommendations about where the boundaries
of English constituencies should be.
An initial 12-week consultation was held in the autumn last year,
giving the public the first chance to view and comment on Boundary
Commission for Englands plans.
Resients have until 27th March 2017 to go to the Boundary Commission
for England's website, www.bce2018.org.uk, to view and comment on
the submissions. You had the chance to tell BCE what you thought
about their proposals in the first consultation - this is now your
opportunity to tell BCE what you think about other suggestions made
during that consultation. You can support counter-proposals, highlight
issues with alternative ideas and say where you think the BCEs
original proposals are still the best solution.
Sam Hartley, Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said:
"Public input is invaluable throughout the 2018 Boundary Review.
Comments made during both consultations will help us develop a well-rounded
picture of how local communities live and work together across the
country. This local knowledge will be essential when we revise our
proposals. Any changes will be based on your comments so its
important to have your say."
Following the second consultation, the BCEs assistant commissioners
will look through all comments received during both consultations,
considering all the evidence submitted. They will then advise the
Commission on where they think the proposals should be revised.
Revised proposals will be published as part of a final consultation
in late 2017/early 2018 and any further changes made based on comments
received. BCE must report to Parliament with its final recommendation
in September 2018. If agreed by Parliament, the new constituencies
will be in use at the next scheduled General Election in 2020.