Wealden District Council

Have your say on the new Parliamentary constituency proposals

Media Release : 17 November 2017

Residents in Crowborough, Uckfield, Hailsham, Horam, Heathfield and the rest of Wealden have until 11 December to comment on the new Parliamentary boundary proposals which will see the existing Wealden constituency divided into two new constituencies

Proposed constituencies

This final consultation from the Boundary Commission for England involves a change from its original plan for Wealden that came out in September 2016. The Parliamentary constituency of Wealden is still to be abolished but the communities in the north of the District around Crowborough will join with Tunbridge Wells to form a new Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough constituency. Those around Hailsham and Uckfield will join with Polegate and Lewes town to form a new Lewes and Uckfield constituency. Horam now joins Heathfield and Pevensey in the Bexhill & Battle constituency. There is no change to the Eastbourne constituency which includes Willingdon. 
“The new constituency proposals can be seen on the Boundary Commission’s website https://www.bce2018.org.uk/node/6488 where you can also add your comments,” said Charles Lant, District Returning Officer. “These new proposals are a result of responses to the public consultations held in September 2016 and March 2017.”
The proposed boundary changes reduce the number of UK constituencies from 650 to 600 while keeping the number of electors roughly equal. If implemented, the changes are intended to come into effect for the next scheduled General Election in 2022.
Sam Hartley, Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said: “It's crucial we hear from people in Wealden. We are calling on your local knowledge to inform our recommendations for changes to Parliamentary constituencies in England.

“This is your last chance to have your say; we have already had two consultations, therefore this time we’re really looking for any new and compelling evidence that we haven’t already considered.”
The Boundary Commission for England is an independent body that is reviewing proposals to reduce the number of constituencies in England to make them more of an equal size.