Council united against proposed changes to parliamentary boundaries in Wellingborough

The by-election for Myton and Heathcote ward is today.

The by-election for Myton and Heathcote ward is today.

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Councillors were united in their opposition to proposed changes to the parliamentary boundaries in Wellingborough.

Wellingborough Council held an extraordinary meeting last night (Tuesday) to consider their response to the current review of parliamentary boundaries before submitting their views by December 5.

If the proposals went ahead, Finedon ward would become part of the proposed Kettering parliamentary constituency, and Harrowden and Sywell ward would become part of the proposed Daventry and Lutterworth constituency.

It would also mean Wollaston and Bozeat wards would become part of the proposed Northampton South constituency, and Irthlingborough Waterloo and Irthlingborough John Pyel wards would become part of the proposed Wellingborough constituency.

Officers had recommended that the council raises a number of concerns with the Boundary Commission for England in relation to the review of parliamentary constituencies 2018, and members were unanimous in their opposition to the proposed changes.

Leader of Wellingborough Council Martin Griffiths said: “It is not every day that the whole council is united against something, but this is one of those occasions.

“It makes no sense to divide one relatively small borough into four different constituencies.

“We have a strong sense of community here and that is more important than numbers, especially as the Wellingborough constituency meets all the Boundary Commission’s requirements already.

“Local people will be completely confused about who they need to speak to if they have concerns.

“If these changes are agreed, local democracy will suffer.

“The Boundary Commission needs to listen to the people of the borough and drop these completely unworkable proposals”.

Following this week’s meeting, the council’s views will now be submitted as part of the consultation into the Boundary Commission review.

The review is being carried out because Parliament has decided to reduce the number of constituencies, and therefore MPs, from 650 to 600.

In England, the number of constituencies will reduce from 533 to 501.

The Boundary Commission for England is the independent body considering where the boundaries of the new constituencies should be.

The final recommendations will be submitted in September 2018.

For more details about the Boundary Commission review, go to www.bce2018.org.uk.