Have your say on new parliamentary boundaries
BROADSTONE could be separated from the rest of Poole and Merley move to Bournemouth in proposals published this week by the Boundary Commission for England.
The review of Parliamentary constituency boundaries would see the Mid Dorset and North Poole constituency renamed Mid Dorset and covering an area from Cranborne Chase in the north to Wareham in the south, and from Bulbarrow in the west to Alderholt in the east.
As well as Broadstone it would include Wimborne, Colehill, Stapehill, the Lytchetts and the Tarrant Valley.
Annette Brooke MP, who has held the seat since 2001, has criticised the changes.
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She said: "I think that it is very unfortunate that the Boundary Commission has not been able to take cohesiveness of communities into account but was given a 'number' exercise. I think separating Broadstone from all other Poole wards is very sad. Also, I am not happy with including Merley - another Poole ward - with its strong links to Wimborne into Bournemouth West Constituency. The new constituency will have parts of so many different councils within it, Poole, Purbeck, East Dorset and North Dorset, Dorset County Council, and this will make good representation a challenge."
The Poole constituency would encapsulate the whole of the Borough of Poole, and Christchurch would remain virtually unchanged including Ferndown, West Moors, Verwood, St Leonards and St Ives, Parley and Longham as well as Christchurch.
Christchurch MP Chris Chope said: "Originally it was proposed that I should lose Parley and Longham and take Alderholt, but the current proposal leaves the constituency virtually untouched. These latest proposals are certainly an improvement."
The Boundary Commission review will introduce substantial changes across the country with the number of constituencies in England reducing from 533 to 502, a move that would see each constituency containing a similar number of registered electors.
The number of constituencies in Dorset and Wiltshire would be reduced from 15 to 14.
Initial proposals were published in 2011 and there have been two consultation processes since then.
The consultation on the revised proposals is now open and you can have your say on them until 10th December.
More information from www.consultation.
You can write to the Boundary Commission at Layden House, 76-86, Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG or email email@example.com Marilyn Barber