shake-up may change election map in Burnham-On-Sea area
in parts of the Burnham-On-Sea area could be voting for a different
MP at the next General Election under plans announced by the Boundary
Commission this week.
the proposals, the Wells constituency - which includes Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge - will be redrawn.
seat, overseen by MP James Heappey, stands to gain an area containing
the villages of East and West Huntspill, Pawlett, Puriton and Woolavington
- and lose Shepton Mallet and the Mendip villages to the north.
new constituency would also gain voters in the Sedgemoor District
Council wards of Burnham Marine and Knoll to the south and east
of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. These
areas are currently cut in two, with people in part of the ward
voting in the Wells Constituency and the others voting in the Bridgwater
and West Somerset seat, where the MP is Ian Liddell-Grainger.
MP James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com last night: "I love
serving as the Member of Parliament for all who live in the current
Wells Constituency and my first preference would be to continue
serving all of these communities in the next Parliament. But I accept
that we must equalise the size of all constituencies and so boundaries
must be withdrawn."
early proposals mostly maintain the Wells Constituency and whilst
I would be sad to no longer represent Shepton Mallet and the Mendip
villages to the north, it would be an absolute honour to represent
the residents of Huntspill, Pawlett, Woolavington and Puriton instead."
said, these are merely the initial proposals and there is a strong
chance of revision once the consultation is complete. Whatever the
commission decides, I will serve my existing constituency to the
best of my ability and very much hope to serve the new he future."
the UK, the plans will see the number of parliamentary constituencies
fall significantly, reducing the number of MPs in Parliament by
50 to 600. The shake-up - drawn up by the independent Boundary Commissions
of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - could have a
big impact on the outcome of the 2020 General Election nationally
if the plans go ahead.