More community leaders have aired concern over proposed parliamentary boundary changes for the Moorlands area. Last week we reported that Checkley Parish Council had spoken out about its “dismay” of possible parliamentary boundary changes in the Moorlands after the Boundary Commission for England had published a report which sets out the changes they are proposing for across the nation.
More community leaders have aired concern over proposed parliamentary boundary changes for the Moorlands area.
Last week we reported that Checkley Parish Council had spoken out about its “dismay” of possible parliamentary boundary changes in the Moorlands after the Boundary Commission for England had published a report which sets out the changes they are proposing for across the nation.
For Cheadle, it will mean the town will be a part of the Staffordshire Moorlands constituency, instead of the Stone Constituency, which it is a part of now.
However, a number of neighbouring villages are set to be a part of an all new ‘Stoke on Trent South’ constituency. If passed these will include: Upper Tean, Lower Tean, Checkley, Cresswell, Draycott-in-the-Moors, Forsbrook, to name but a few.
Last week, a spokesman for Checkley Parish Council issued a statement about the proposals.
Within it they said: “We are at the lowest tier of local government and fail to understand how more senior politicians and in this case The Boundary Commission do not recognise how important a sense of place is, not just to the population of our country but universally.”
They also said: “We are within the geographical and administrative boundary of the Staffordshire Moorlands, our children go to school and college in the moorlands, our administrative centre is in the moorlands, we shop in the moorlands, our NHS Hub is in the moorlands we have our own industries and employers in the moorlands”
Since then, further concerns about the proposals have been aired at the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s Full Meeting, which took place on Wednesday, June 30.
In a question to councillor Sybil Ralphs, the leader of SMDC, at the council’s meeting last week, councillor Peter Wilkinson said: “The proposed new boundary changes would mean that Checkley and Forsbrook will be in Stoke-on-Trent South.
“Will the Leader support these two wards desire to become part of the Staffordshire Moorlands constituency in line with the district boundary and with the same MP.”
“I would encourage individual councillors and interested parties to consider these initial proposals in detail and to take part in the first of the three consultation exercises. I understand that the initial consultation phase will close on August 2, 2021.”
Further comments about the proposals were made by both cllr Wilkinson and cllr Ralphs.
Within his comments cllr Wilkinson said: “Historically we have got ties with Cheadle. It’s about a sense of place. We really need to be in the Moorlands, we shouldn’t really be in the Stone constituency now. Going into Stoke on Trent, we are going to be even more detached than we were before. We need to come into the district we belong to.”
Cllr Wilkinson also stated: “It’s all about the Moorlands and not Stoke – I’m for everybody to write in and oppose this.”
Within her comments cllr Ralphs said: “For many years now I have been looking forward to when the parliamentary boundaries would become coterminous with the local authority boundaries, but I think we have all been taken aback somewhat by what the boundary commission have put forward.
“None of us, certainly not you and our colleagues down the south of the Moorlands want this to go ahead but whatever objections we feel at the moment, and we are very strongly objective to this, we have the opportunity to put forward an alternative to what is being proposed by the Boundary’s commission.”
Cllr Ralphs also stated: “The alternative that you put forward has to be an alternative that is acceptable to the boundary commission.”
Members of the public have until August 2 to take part in the consultation surrounding the proposals. To have your say about the Boundary Commission for England’s proposals, go online to www.bcereviews.org.uk.
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