East Northamptonshire Council’s Policy and Resources Committee agreed the Council’s submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission on future warding arrangements for the Parliamentary constituencies at its meeting this week (7 November).
Members agreed to respond to the current Boundary Commission Review consultation with two requests:
· That there should be minimum disruption to electors across North Northamptonshire as a result of any boundary changes
· That the two constituencies covering East Northamptonshire should be renamed ‘Corby & East Northamptonshire’ and ‘Wellingborough & Rushden’
Council Leader, Steven North, explains:
“We believe that, unless absolutely necessary, constituencies should remain as close to how they are currently configured as possible to avoid confusion for residents and that the two constituencies in our district should be properly recognised in council and geographical terms.
A more accurate naming of the constituencies would help to identify the invaluable contribution that local residents and our communities make to constituency life.”
Town and parish councils in East Northamptonshire will be contacted shortly to make them aware of the boundary review, of the district council’s proposals and to encourage them to take part in the consultation.
The Commission will publish its draft recommendations on 9 February and a further period of consultation will last until 4 April. Final recommendations will be published in July 2017. New wards will apply for the Council elections in 2018.
Visit the Boundary Commission website www.bce2018.org.uk/ for more details of the review.