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Second public consultation for constituency boundaries

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Second public consultation for constituency boundaries

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

The second window of public consultation regarding proposed alterations to constituency boundaries is now in progress. Last year, Boundary Commissions for England laid out the planned changes that would take place in 2023 if passed.

The second window of public consultation regarding proposed alterations to constituency boundaries is now in progress.

Last year, Boundary Commissions for England laid out the planned changes that would take place in 2023 if passed.

Leek is set to be joined in the Staffordshire Moorlands zone by neighbouring town of Cheadle, changing from its current Stone constituency.

A number of people from the Leek area submitted comments to the Boundary Commission during the first consultation about the proposed changes.

Councillor Keith Hoptroff said: “I have no objections to the proposed boundary changes for the Staffordshire Moorlands.
“It makes sense to have the parliamentary boundaries aligned to the district as much as possible.”

Within his response, councillor Darren Price said: “I am writing in support of the Boundary Commission’s initial set of proposals as they relate to the Staffordshire Moorlands constituency and am doing so for the following reasons: The proposed boundary changes are small thus causing minimal disruption and confusion both for electors and for administrators of elections; The proposed changes also bring the boundaries of the Staffordshire Moorlands Parliamentary Constituency and the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council more closely into line which has many benefits in terms of clarity for local electors. With four tiers of Government – parliamentary, county, district and town/parish – any move towards greater clarity is welcomed.

The ward of Newchapel and Mow Cop (which is being lost to the constituency to Stoke North) does not relate well to the Staffordshire Moorlands, it is a Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council ward and geographically, economically and in terms of business has more of a connection with the Stoke-on-Trent conurbation.

Conversely the three wards of Cheadle North East, Cheadle South East, and Cheadle West are already a part of the Staffordshire Moorlands in terms of local government and the move into the constituency would clearly make sense.”

Although, within the proposed changes, Cheadle is set to join the Staffordshire Moorlands constituency, a number of surrounding villages, including Forsbrook, Checkley and Upper Tean, are set to be placed to a newly-formed ‘Stoke-on-Trent South’ region.

Their respective councils have had their say on the proposals, with an overwhelming response of objection.

Members of the public have too. One said: “I have lived in Tean for 20 years and worked for many years in Leek.

I rarely go into Stoke and all my connections are in the Moorlands area. I don’t identify with Stoke-on-Trent and although this is simply moving a boundary line, it has much more significance for constituent’s sense of belonging and community.

Never had this been more important than in the last 18 months. My strong preference is to remain in the Staffordshire Moorlands.”

Another said: “Tean and Checkley parish is part of the Staffordshire Moorlands and we identify very clearly with this administrative area.

We live in a community comprised of small market towns, villages and rural areas which is centred on Leek and Cheadle.

It would be a great disservice to the needs and wants of the residents of Tean and Checkley if this proposal went ahead.”

The second round of public consultation is already underway ahead of the deadline on April 4.

Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, Tim Bowden, said: “The 2023 Boundary Review will rebalance the number of electors represented by each MP.

It’s important that the constituencies we shape reflect your local community as best as possible.

We received over 34,000 responses during our first consultation last year which are available online for the public to read and comment on.

We’re inviting more people to have their say in our current secondary consultation.”
To comment on the plans go to www.bcereviews.org.uk.

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