Residents Urged to Speak Up About Constituency Boundary Changes

Residents of Kingston and Surbiton are being encouraged to have their say over new boundaries for their constituency.

The Independent Boundary Commission is urging the public to make use of this final opportunity to make their views on the revised proposals heard, before the final proposals are put to government next year. Constituents can contribute to the proposals via the Commission’s website, or by letter or email. The 8-week long consultation opened on the 16th October and will close on the 10th December.  

The Commission revised its initial proposals after a successful consultation process where it received nearly 50,000 responses from members of the public. Simon James, Secretary to the Commission said:  “We were really encouraged by the response to the consultation on our initial proposal.  Now that we have published our revised proposals we continue to welcome people’s participation until the consultation closes on 10 December 2012.”

The review of constituency boundaries was ordered after Parliament decided that the number of constituencies should be reduced, and that each constituency should contain a similar number of electors. The new Kingston and Surbiton constituency will differ from the existing constituency in that it will no longer include Kingston-upon-Thames wards Beverley, St James and Old Malden, and will incorporate Tudor and Canbury.  St James and Old Malden are set to become part of a Sutton and Cheam constituency.

Information on contributing to the consultation, along with maps of the proposed boundary changes and detailed reports on the proposals can be found at: consultation.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk

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