Wealden District Council

Wealden response to new constituency proposals

Media Release : 30 November 2017

Wealden District Council has responded to the Boundary Commission for England’s consultation which sees the creation of two new Parliamentary constituencies within the District.

Proposed constituencies

The Council is calling for a number of Wealden communities to be moved into the constituencies representing their nearest local towns, and name changes to better reflect the geography of the proposed new constituencies.
At its meeting on 22 November, Wealden District Council approved a proposal from Councillor Bob Standley, seconded by Councillor Roy Galley, which addressed the issues relating to the current local government boundaries which the Parliamentary Boundary Commission had not taken into account.
The Full Council meeting also approved a proposal by Councillor Stephen Shing, seconded by Councillor Daniel Shing, that East Dean be moved from the Lewes and Uckfield constituency to the Eastbourne constituency as it was just on the edge of Eastbourne and they looked to that town for their services.
The Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee had also discussed the boundary changes and requested the names of the two proposed new constituencies be changed to Hailsham, Lewes and Uckfield; and Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells in order to better reflect their geography.
These points and the resolutions agreed at Full Council will form Wealden District Council’s response to the latest Boundary Commission proposals. Residents and organisations can also take part in the consultation which closes on 11 December. You can find out more here: https://www.bce2018.org.uk/node/6488
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) received more than 25,000 comments to the consultations on its earlier Parliamentary proposals which were first published in September 2016 and 41 of the 83 constituencies originally proposed in the South East have been revised.
Following the closure of this consultation, the BCE will consider all the representations received at this stage of the process and throughout the review, before making final recommendations to the Government during September 2018.
You can watch the debate on the Council’s response to the new constituency proposals on our webcast here: https://wealden.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/318149