calls for re-think over Burnham boundary changes
for electoral boundary reform in the Burnham-On-Sea area would
lead to electors in the area being more poorly represented at
District level than before, it has been claimed this week.
Bob Filmer has written to The Local Government Boundary Commission
for England, urging them to reconsider the plans to split Burnham
Without into three polling districts.
he supports the proposed slight reduction in the number of overall
councillors in Sedgemoor - from 50 to 48 - he says the plans for
the Burnham area need to be re-thought.
Filmer says: "The proposal is to split Burnham Without into
three polling districts. To place one part in a Burnham ward,
another in a Highbridge ward and to then place East Brent, Lympsham,
Brent Knoll, part of Burnham Without and East Huntspill together
to form a two-member ward."
appears to be a purely numbers-based solution. East Huntspill
has no community links with any other part of the proposed new
ward and is currently part of a different County Council Division
and a different Parliamentary Constituency."
the top of this new ward to the bottom is over 12 miles by road
and encompasses five separate parish councils. It is my view that
this rather contrived and purely numbers-based solution will result
in the electors of this area being more poorly represented at
District level than before. I would therefore hope that you will
reconsider your recommendations."
Boundary Commission's draft recommendations suggest 23 wards be
adopted as opposed to the 25. The deadline for the public to submit
feedback about the proposals to the electroral commission is July
19th. Full details about the changes are available online here.