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The Proposed New Boundaries for Folkestone and Hythe Constituency

June 9, 2021 4:21 PM
Originally published by Tim Prater | Councillor for Sandgate & West Folkestone, Sandgate Village, Harvey West & Hythe East

Proposed new Constituency Boundaries for Folkestone and Hythe

The first proposed draft boundaries for Folkestone and Hythe constituency are the current Folkestone and Hythe District Council boundary minus Elham Valley (North Downs East and North Downs West wards).

Folkestone and Hythe constituency is currently the full district plus Saxon Shore ward from Ashford BC, but population growth on the electoral roll was always likely to see the constituency at least revert to the District boundary. That there are now too many people in the district to fit in one constituency (on the Government's rules) so a part of the district needs to go to a neighbouring seat.

More details and much better maps on the Boundary Commission for England's website.

This is now open to consultation. Needs looking at carefully, and remembering that a change in one seat has an equal and opposite change in another: it's a complex jigsaw.

Important thing to note: these proposed boundaries are NOT the work of the District Council or anyone else locally - they are the proposals of the Boundary Commission for England, to consult on, in order to "balance up" the number of voters for each MP in the country (see below for the figures).

From the Democratic Services Manager at F&HDC (the very able Paul Butler):

Today marks the start of the review which will be completed by 2023. The initial proposals are open to consultation from now until Tuesday 02 August 2021. Please note that this review is relating to Parliamentary boundaries and not Local Government boundaries.

At www.bcereviews.org.uk you are able to type in your postcode to check the Parliamentary boundary that your property falls in, read supporting documents and submit a comment or representation.
I have attached the crux of the proposal to this email; the new map.

Assumptions/implications from this initial proposal are:

As a result of this proposal immediate reflections are: