Deadline for comments 11th December
Consultation on Frilsham becoming part of Reading West Constituency
The Boundary Commission has published its revised proposals for changes to the boundaries of Parliamentary constituencies in England. As well as involving a reduction in the number of constituencies across England (from 533 to 501), this also requires that every constituency should have an electorate that is no smaller than 71,031 and no larger than 78,507.
Frilsham is currently in the Newbury Constituency where the electorate is more than 5% above this electoral quota, while Reading East and Reading West are more than 5% below it and Wokingham is within 5% of it.
The revised proposals set out that Aldermaston ward, previously reallocated to Wokingham, should now remain in the Newbury constituency. However, it is proposed that Bucklebury ward (comprising Bradfield, Bucklebury, Stanford Dingley, Frilsham and Hermitage) and Basildon ward (Upper Basildon, Lower Basildon, Aldworth and Streatley) should be transferred to Reading West.
As the Commissioners say “We encourage everyone to use this last opportunity to help finalise the design of the new constituencies – the more public views we hear, the more informed our decisions will be before making final recommendations to Government.”