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.
Cheadle are set to rejoin Leek in the Staffordshire Moorlands zone, changing from its current Stone constituency.
But a number of surrounding villages, including Forsbrook, Checkley and Upper Tean, would 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.
While Cheadle Town Council welcomed their constituency transition, it underlined its concern for its neighbouring communities.
In their first consultation response, clerk Dave Mullington, on behalf of the council, said: “It is fair to say that we have strong links with all of our outlying villages, and we embrace life within the Staffordshire Moorlands together.
“The proposed boundary changes would align us with our district council boundaries within the Staffordshire Moorlands.
“Cheadle Town Council has further consulted with our friends and colleagues at nearby Forsbrook, Draycott and Tean & Checkley.
“We understand that the proposed boundary changes would see them move to a newly formed Stoke-on-Trent (South) Constituency, with whom they have little identity.
“Despite being separated by parish boundaries, these villages remain part of our identity and history in Cheadle. We share many links and identify as one.”
He added: “Their communities are a welcome extension to our communities, and they are Staffordshire Moorlanders, who have never previously been considered for inclusion within the Stoke-on-Trent constituencies and share little or no direct boundaries in common.
“Cheadle Town Council fully support their submissions to the Boundary Commission, and favourable consideration should be given to the people of these parishes in order that they can remain where they have always belonged.”
Draycott Parish Council put forward their views on the matter to Boundary Commissions for England too, stating: “It was discussed at a council meeting of Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council that Draycott people show no affinity to Stone or to Stoke constituency but feel strongly a part of the Staffordshire Moorlands.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Forsbrook Parish Council also wrote: “This proposal sees incoherence for the communities that are being put together, Forsbrook has very little in common with the urban conurbation of Stoke-on-Trent.
“The needs of a smaller semi-rural village like Forsbrook have very different needs to the larger settlements of Stoke-on-Trent South and as such we fail to see how an MP covering all those areas can effectively represent them.”
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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