Boundary Commission for England launches final consultation on new revised proposals for Ashford parliamentary constituencyPublished: 10/11/2022
The Boundary Commission for England has published new revised proposals for constituencies across the country and has opened a final month-long consultation, giving the public a last opportunity to send in their views.
The Commission has taken into consideration over 45,000 comments sent in by the public during the previous two stages of public consultation, and has changed nearly half of its initial proposals based on this feedback.
A third and final consultation on the revised constituency proposals is open until 5 December. You are invited to view and comment on the new map online. The Commission is undertaking an independent review of all constituencies in England as requested by Parliament.
The number of electors within each constituency currently varies due to population changes since the last boundary review. The 2023 Boundary Review will rebalance the number of electors each MP represents, resulting in significant change to the existing constituency map. As part of the review, the number of constituencies in England will increase from 533 to 543.
After this final consultation has closed on 5 December, the Commission will analyse the responses and form its final recommendations. These will be submitted to Parliament by 1 July 2023.
Proposed changes for Ashford
The Boundary Commission’s proposed changes for Ashford have changed. The Ashford parliamentary constituency will be split between two constituencies rather than three as per the original proposals. This means that the Charing, Downs North and Downs West wards will now be in the constituency of Weald of Kent, rather than Faversham and Mid Kent.
The revised proposals would see the borough of Ashford covered by two new constituencies:
- Ashford – including 24 of Ashford’s 39 wards plus wards from Folkestone & Hythe
- Weald of Kent – with 15 of Ashford’s wards, including the wards of Charing, Downs North and Downs West
The proposed new Ashford constituency would have an electorate of 73,546, while the Weald of Kent electorate would be 72,024.
You can view and comment on the proposals for Ashford at the Boundary Commission's website.
Tim Bowden, Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said: “Last year we published our initial proposals for new constituency boundaries - our first go at what the map should look like. We are delighted with the huge number of comments from members of the public on our initial proposals, many which included valuable evidence about local communities.
“Today’s publication is the culmination of months of analysis and we have revised nearly half of our initial proposals based on what people have told us. We now believe we are close to the best map of constituencies that can be achieved under the rules we are working to. However, we still want people to tell us what they think of this latest map before we submit our final recommendations to Parliament next year. This is our final consultation and I encourage you to participate.”