2000 for minor changes to five of the 11 constituencies in the
county of Surrey.
parliamentary electorate in 2000 of 797,685. This number of
electors, when divided by the 2000 electoral quota (69,932), gives
a theoretical entitlement to 11.41 seats. The commission have
therefore provisionally decided to continue to allocate eleven
seats to Surrey. With 11 seats the average constituency
electorate in the county is 72,517. The electoral quota is
explained in 'Background Note' below.
2. The electorates of the eleven existing constituencies range
from 65,547 in Reigate BC to 76,261 in Guildford CC, a disparity
of 11,074 which the commission's provisional recommendations will
3. Since the last general review, there have been changes to the
district ward boundaries as a result of the Periodical Electoral
Reviews by the Local Government Commission. The new wards for some
districts came into operation at the local government elections on
4 May 2000, for others they will come into operation for the
elections in May 2003. Six of the new wards in the county are
partly in one constituency and partly in another. The commission
do not divide district wards between constituencies. Therefore,
the commission's provisional recommendations will realign the
constituency boundaries with the new ward boundaries.
4. The commission considered whether they should adopt the minimum
amount of change necessary to realign the constituencies with
these divided wards, or whether they should go further in order to
address the high disparity in electorates in the county between
the Guildford and Reigate constituencies. They decided to adopt
the latter option with the provisional recommendations making the
necessary realignments and also making one further change in order
to reduce the disparity. No change is proposed to the East Surrey,
Esher and Walton, Runnymede and Weybridge, Spelthorne, Surrey
Heath, or Woking seats. The minor changes to the Mole Valley seat
do not do not involve any electors.
5. The commission propose to reduce the electorate in the
Guildford seat. The 2,486 electors of the divided Waverley Borough
ward of Bramley, Busbridge and Hascombe, currently in the
Guildford seat, are transferred to the South West Surrey seat, and
the 852 electors of the divided Waverley Borough ward of Alford,
Cranleigh Rural and Ellens Green, currently located in the South
West Surrey seat, are transferred to the Guildford seat. The net
effect of these two realignments is to reduce the electorate of
the Guildford seat from 76,621 to 74,987.
6. It is also proposed that the Reigate and Banstead Borough ward
of Preston should be transferred from the Epsom and Ewell seat to
the Reigate seat. The effect of this change would be to increase
the electorate of the Reigate seat from 65,547 to 67,432. The
disparity between the electorates of the seats in the county is
reduced from 11,074 to 8,022.
7. The proposed new constituencies are illustrated in outline on
the sketch map which forms part of this document (please note the
copyright warning below concerning the map). The letters on the
map refer to the districts, and the numbers refer to the district
wards. The map is to be used in conjunction with the ward listing
at the end of this document which shows the letters and districts,
the numbers and wards, and the 2000 ward electorates on which the
commission are required by law to work.
8. The composition of the 11 constituencies provisionally
recommended would be (the 2000 electorates are shown in
EAST SURREY COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (74,786). The District of
Tandridge; and three wards of the Borough of Reigate and
Banstead: Horley Central, Horley East, Horley West;
EPSOM AND EWELL BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (72,866). The Borough of
Epsom and Ewell: three wards of the District of Mole Valley:-
Ashtead Common, Ashtead Park, Ashtead Village; and two wards of
the Borough of Reigate and Banstead:- Nork, Tattenhams.
ESHER AND WALTON BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (74,052). Eighteen wards of
the Borough of Elmbridge: Claygate, Cobham and Downside, Cobham
Fairmile, Esher, Hersham North, Hersham South, Hinchley Wood, Long
Ditton, Molesey East, Molesey North, Molesey South, Oxshott and
Stoke D'Abernon, Thames Ditton, Walton Ambleside, Walton Central,
Walton North, Walton South, Weston Green.
GUILDFORD COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (74,987). Twelve wards of the
Borough of Guildford: Burpham, Christchurch, Friary and St
Nicolas, Holy Trinity, Merrow, Onslow, Pilgrims, Shalford, Stoke,
Stoughton, Westborough, Worplesdon; and six wards of the Borough
of Waverley:- Alfold, Cranleigh Rural and Ellens Green, Blackheath
and Wonersh, Cranleigh East, Cranleigh West, Ewhurst, Shamley
Green and Cranleigh North.
MOLE VALLEY COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (69,093). Five wards of the
Borough of Guildford: Clandon and Horsley, Effingham, Lovelace,
Send, Tillingbourne; Eighteen wards of the District of Mole
Valley:- Beare Green, Bookham North, Bookham South, Box Hill and
Headley, Brockham, Betchwood and Buckland, Capel, Leigh and
Newdigate, Charlwood, Dorking North, Dorking South, Fetcham East,
Fetcham West, Holmwoods, Leatherhead North, Leatherhead South,
Leith Hill, Mickleham, Westhumble and Pixham, Okewood, Westcott.
REIGATE BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (67,432). Fourteen wards of the
Borough of Reigate and Banstead: Banstead Village, Chipstead,
Hooley and Woodmansterne, Earlswood and Whitebushes, Kingswood
with Burgh Heath, Meadvale and St John's, Merstham, Preston,
Redhill East, Redhill West, Reigate Central, Reigate Hill,
Salfords and Sidlow, South Park and Woodhatch, Tadworth and
RUNNYMEDE AND WEYBRIDGE COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (73,357). Four wards
of the Borough of Elmbridge: Oatlands Park, St George's Hill,
Weybridge North, Weybridge South; and the Borough of Runnymede.
SOUTH WEST SURREY CONSTITUENCY (75,107). Twenty three wards of the
Borough of Waverley: Bramley, Busbridge and Hascombe,
Chiddingfold and Dunsfold, Elstead and Thursley, Farnham Bourne,
Farnham Castle, Farnham Firgrove, Farnham Hale and Heath End,
Farnham Moor Park, Farnham Shortheath and Boundstone, Farnham
Upper Hale, Farnham Weybourne and Badshot Lea, Farnham Wrecclesham
and Rowledge, Frensham, Dockenfield and Tilford, Godalming
Binscombe, Godalming Central and Ockford, Godalming Charterhouse,
Godalming Farncombe and Catteshall, Godalming Holloway, Haslemere
Critchmere and Shottermill, Haslemere East and Grayswood,
Hindhead, Milford, Witley and Hambledon.
SPELTHORNE BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (69,291). The Borough of
SURREY HEATH COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (75,454). Three wards of the
Borough of Guildford: Ash South and Tongham, Ash Vale, Ash Wharf;
and the Borough of Surrey Heath.
WOKING COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (71,260). Two wards of the Borough of
Guildford: Normandy, Pirbright; and the Borough of Woking.
9. Please note that the wards have not been shown for those
boroughs and districts (eg the Borough of Spelthorne) where the
whole of the borough or district is contained in the proposed
constituency. However, as already mentioned, a full ward listing
with 2000 ward electorates is given at the end of this document.
10. The wards named in this document are the new wards which were
created by the following Orders. All of which came into effect at
the local government elections on 4 May 2000:
The Borough of Elmbridge (Electoral Changes) Order 1999;
The Borough of Epsom and Ewell (Electoral Changes) Order 1999;
The Borough of Guildford (Electoral Changes) Order 1999;
The District of Mole Valley (Electoral Changes) Order 1999;
The Borough of Reigate and Banstead (Electoral Changes) Order 1999;
The Borough of Runnymede (Electoral Changes) Order 1999;
The Borough of Spelthorne (Electoral Changes) Order 1999;
The Borough of Surrey Heath (Electoral Changes) Order 1999;
The District of Tandridge (Electoral Changes) Order 1999;
The Borough of Waverley (Electoral Changes) Order 1999; and
The Borough of Woking (Electoral Changes) Order 1999.
Publication of Provisional Recommendations
11. The provisional recommendations will be published formally in
a notice appearing in local newspapers in Surrey on 6 July 2000.
Local authorities, MPs, the political parties' headquarters, and
others will be sent a copy of the recommendations. The notice will
also be published on the commission's web site at
Places of Inspection
12. The notice in local newspapers will also give the addresses
where a copy of the recommendations and a more detailed map
illustrating them have been made available for inspection by the
public (please note the copyright warning below concerning the
map). Those addresses are:-
ADDLESTONE Runnymede Borough Council, Civic Offices,
Station Road, Addlestone.
BANSTEAD Banstead Library, The Horseshoe, Banstead.
CAMBERLEY Surrey Heath Borough Council, Surrey Heath House,
Knoll Road, Camberley.
CATERHAM Caterham Valley Library, Stafford Road, Caterham.
CRANLEIGH Locality Office, Cranleigh Leisure Centre, Village
DORKING Mole Valley District Council, Pippbrook, Dorking.
EPSOM Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, Town Hall,
The Parade, Epsom.
ESHER Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, High Street,
FARNHAM Locality Office, South Street, Farnham.
GODALMING Waverley Borough Council, Council Offices,
The Burys, Godalming.
GUILDFORD Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House,
HASLEMERE Locality Office, Lion Green, Wey Hill, Haslemere.
HORLEY Public Library, Victoria Road, Horley.
LEATHERHEAD Leatherhead Helpshop, 25/29 High Street, Leatherhead.
LINGFIELD Public Library, The Guest House, Lingfield.
OXTED Tandridge District Council Offices, Station Road
REIGATE Reigate and Banstead Borough Council,
Town Hall, Castlefield Road, Reigate.
STAINES Spelthorne Borough Council, Council Offices,
Knowle Green, Staines.
WOKING Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices,
Gloucester Square, Woking.
Representation Period: 6 July 2000 to 6 August 2000