Councillor Hannah Land Writes:
Are you aware that the Boundary Commission England (BCE) are reviewing the parliamentary constituency boundaries? The first phase happened last Autumn and we are now in the second phase. There are in person hearings around the country – Nottingham sessions happened earlier in March. I attended on the 7th March to speak as a local council member and on behalf of Broxtowe Liberal Democrats.
In Nottinghamshire the Liberal Democrats are supporting the Commission’s proposals. The difficult facts are that the Borough of Broxtowe has too large a population to form a parliamentary constituency. This means there has to be a split within the Borough to form the boundary. We believe the Commission have the best option for the community of Broxtowe. It sees us gain Eastwood and Brinsley (currently in Ashfield) and Kimberly and Nuthall will move to Nottingham North. It involves the boundary keeping entire towns together.
There is a counter proposal from the Conservatives which involve splitting Beeston between Nottingham City and Broxtowe so that Kimberly and Nuthall remain in the Broxtowe constituency.
The Liberal Democrats are entirely opposed to any attempts to split Beeston. It will cause division and confusion to the community. It also risks disenfranchising many voters.
You can view the comments and submit your opinions on the plans using the link below. I would encourage all residents to take this opportunity to have their voices heard. Whichever proposal you support please let the Boundary Commission know. The consultation closes on the 4th April 2022.
For more information see the Boundary Commission for England’s website.