Councillors have shared their thoughts on proposals to redraw parliamentary boundaries.
On 28th July, Wealden District Council’s Audit and Standards Committee discussed details of the Boundary Commission’s initial proposals to redraw parliamentary constituencies.
Announced in June, the proposals would see a number of changes to constituency boundaries across the country.
Locally, the biggest change would see the creation of a new constituency called East Grinstead and Uckfield, which would be split across both East and West Sussex.
The rest of Wealden would be in a renamed Hailsham and Crowborough constituency.
The Committee raised no major concerns about the proposals, although members argued Sussex Weald would be a more appropriate name for the renamed Wealden constituency.
They also argued that the parish of Hartfield should be within it, rather than the new East Grinstead and Uckfield constituency as currently proposed. This would balance the number of electors better, it was argued.
Committee chairman Neil Waller, who represents Crowborough South West, said:
One constituency is 76,000 [voters] which is towards the upper end of the limit and one constituency is 70,000 which is towards the lower end of the limit, which is Hailsham and Crowborough.
Given Hartfield’s link to the Weald – Winnie the Pooh things like that – would it make sense for Hartfield to be incorporated into the Hailsham and Crowborough constituency, which we are suggesting should be Sussex Weald, and equalising them both out at around 73,000 voters.Cllr Neil Waller
The Committee agreed for these recommendations to be fed back to the Boundary Commission as part of its consultation process.
Nus Ghani MP has also been campaigning to keep Hartfield, Withyham and Crowborough together.
Although the consultation has now closed (on Monday) – there will be a further two rounds of consultation next year.