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Second public consultation for constituency boundaries

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Second public consultation for constituency boundaries

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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.

In them, Uttoxeter is to stay in the Burton constituency. But there have been calls to change the name of the zone, to accommodate and recognise the significance of Uttoxeter in the area.

In a consultation response to Boundary Commissions for England last year, former Staffordshire County Council leader and current member Philip Atkins said: “The Burton constituency should be renamed Uttoxeter and Burton Constituency.

“The rural areas to the north of the constituency link more to Uttoxeter with their school catchment and travel to work areas (other) than Burton.

“Renaming the constituency would not lessen Burton’s connection with the constituency but would enhance the sense of belonging and community links of Uttoxeter and surrounding areas.”

Rocester Parish Council also commented, saying: “Rocester Parish Council approves of the plans for the Burton Constituency.
“The Parish Council also requests that the constituency name be changed to Burton and Uttoxeter as part of these proposals.”

Members of the public also aired their desire to see this alteration.

One said: “Pleased that the boundary for Burton constituency will not be changing.

“However, I believe the constituency should be renamed Burton and Uttoxeter as Uttoxeter is of equal importance to Burton in the constituency.”

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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  • The people of Uttoxeter already feel like second class citizens where local policies and politics are concerned. Burton and Uttoxeter are 2 totally different and unique areas, both with equal significance. This should be reflected in the new name of the constituency. Julie Green, Chair of Uttoxeter Friendship Group (for older people)
    Written by Julie Green, March 4, 2022 - Reply

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