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‘We’re not in Redditch’

Posted on November 27 2017 at 3:34:09

Voters in Alvechurch, Barnt Green and Cofton Hackett would find themselves electing the MP for Redditch if new proposals are introduced.

They are contained in the recommendations of the Boundary Commission, which is looking to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 and equalise the number of voters in each constituency.

There has already been strong resistance to the plans from villagers who do not want to be part of a constituency comprising the mainly urban area of Redditch town.

They feel that as they are in Bromsgrove district, it would make no sense to be associated with an MP whose main focus would be on representing urban interests in Redditch.

Alvechurch parish councillors decided to object to the commission’s plans. The parish is already suffering from the confusion caused by recent changes in local government boundaries that paired Hopwood with Barnt Green and split Alvechurch into “Village” and “South” wards, and councillors fear changes to the parliamentary boundaries will create further problems.

They warn of the “undesirable effect of aligning semi-rural Alvechurch parish with urban Redditch”, adding: “Alvechurch already faces cross-border service issues in local health provision and any extra changes in service boundaries will contribute to public confusion and a weakening of community identity.

“That identity is a central element to our Neighbourhood Plan and should be strongly supported.  Community feeling is that Alvechurch Parish is wholly a part of Bromsgrove and should stay so.“

Public comments on the Boundary Commission’s proposals are being sought until December 11, with the final proposals planned to be submitted for parliamentary approval in September next year.

Anyone who wants to comment can do so by visiting the commission website: http://www.bce2018.org.uk

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