Posted: 09.06.21 at 08:00 by Local Democracy Reporter Piers Meyler
THE Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has published its initial proposals for new constituency boundaries - and there are minor changes to the Maldon constituency.
The public are now able to view and provide feedback on the proposed constituencies as part of an eight-week consultation process.
There are only two changes to the existing Maldon constituency in the proposals.
The first is the inclusion of the Galleywood ward – in order to bring the Chelmsford constituency within the permitted electorate range.
The transfer of Little Baddow, Danbury and Sandon ward to the proposed Braintree constituency is the only other change to the existing Maldon constituency.
The 2023 Review of Parliamentary constituencies was formally launched in January this year.
The Commission is required to ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is more equal; in doing so, the number of constituencies in England will increase from 533 to 543. The Commission is undertaking an independent review of all constituency boundaries in England and will present final recommendations to Parliament by July 2023.
Tim Bowden, Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said: “Today’s proposals mark the first time people get to see what the new map of Parliamentary constituencies might look like.
“But they are just the Commission’s initial thoughts. Help us draw the line to make the number of electors in each Parliamentary constituency more equal.
“Each constituency we recommend is required by law to contain between 69,724 and 77,062 electors, meaning there will be significant change to current boundaries.
“We want to hear the views of the public to ensure that we get the new boundaries for Parliamentary constituencies right.
“We consider all feedback received during the consultation process, and it is your local knowledge that helps us to shape constituencies that best reflect your local area. It is easy to get involved – view our proposals and have your say on our online consultation portal: www.bcereviews.org.uk.”