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PARLIAMENTARY BOUNDARIES IN THE COUNTY OF SURREY

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The commission will publish provisional recommendations on 6 July ...
The commission will publish provisional recommendations on 6 July

2000 for minor changes to five of the 11 constituencies in the

county of Surrey.

Provisional Recommendations

1. The county of Surrey currently has eleven constituencies with a

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

reduce.

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

brackets):

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

Walton.

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

Spelthorne.

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

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/other_activities/pbc.asp

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

Way, Cranleigh.

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,

Esher.

FARNHAM Locality Office, South Street, Farnham.

GODALMING Waverley Borough Council, Council Offices,

The Burys, Godalming.

GUILDFORD Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House,

Millmead, Guildford.

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

East, Oxted.

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

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