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PROPOSALS FOR CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES IN THE COUNTIES OF HAMPSHIRE, PORTSMOUTH AND SOUTHAMPTON

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PUBLIC INQUIRIES INTO THE PARLIAMENTARY BOUNDARY COMMISSION'S ...
PUBLIC INQUIRIES INTO THE PARLIAMENTARY BOUNDARY COMMISSION'S

PROPOSALS FOR CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES IN THE COUNTIES OF HAMPSHIRE, PORTSMOUTH AND SOUTHAMPTON

The commission published proposals on 14 February 2002, recommending

that the combined counties of Hampshire and Southampton be allocated

sixteen seats, one more than at present, and that Portsmouth should

continue to be allocated two seats.

Objections made about the proposals affecting Hampshire and

Southampton have required the holding of a local inquiry under the

Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986. The commission have also

exercised their discretion under the Act and have decided to hold a

separate local inquiry about the proposals affecting Portsmouth.

Official notice of the two inquiries will be published in local

newspapers on 9 May 2002. The two inquiries are to be run

independently of each other, and no representation will be considered

at one inquiry which relates to the other inquiry.

Both inquiries will be held in public and any interested person,

whether a supporter of or objector to the commission's proposals for

that particular area may attend and be heard. The commission would

urge all interested parties to attend and make their views known at

the relevant inquiry. It should not be assumed that the inquiries

will only discuss those matters raised in representations submitted

during the representation period allowed nor that the Commission's

provisional recommendations will remain unchanged. On many occasions,

following consideration of the evidence submitted at an inquiry and

the assistant commissioner's report, the commission have revised

their recommendations. While the commission will always invite

written representations in respect of any revised recommendations

they might publish, all interested parties should be aware that they

may not be able to state their case at a further inquiry, as a

further inquiry will only rarely be held.

Although arrangements have been made for the two inquiries to be held

independently of each other, they are to be conducted by the same

assistant commissioner, Roger Ellis QC. The inquiry relating to

issues concerning Portsmouth will open on:

MONDAY 17 JUNE 2002 at 9.30am in the COUNCIL CHAMBER, PORTSMOUTH CITY

COUNCIL, CIVIC OFFICES, PORTSMOUTH.

The inquiry relating to issues concerning Hampshire and Southampton

will open on:-

TUESDAY 18 JUNE 2002 at 10.30am in the WALTON ROOM, THE GUILDHALL,

WINCHESTER.

It should be noted that only one day is allocated to the Portsmouth

inquiry and that it opens one hour earlier than the Winchester

inquiry the next day.

The provisional recommendations, copies of the representations made

to the Commission for both areas (together with summaries), and

separate statements by the Commission for each of the two areas, each

of which will be introduced formally at the relevant inquiry, are

open for public inspection at:-

ALDERSHOT

Aldershot Library, 109 - 113 High Street, Aldershot

ALTON

Council Information Office, 7 Cross & Pillory Lane, Alton

ANDOVER

Council Offices, Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road, Andover

BASINGSTOKE

Deanes Building, Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke

BISHOP'S WALTHAM

Bishop's Waltham Library, Bank Street, Bishop's Waltham

BORDON

Council Information Office, The Forest Community Centre,

Pinehill Road, Bordon

EASTLEIGH

Civic Offices, Leigh Road, Eastleigh

FAREHAM

Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham

FARNBOROUGH

Council Offices, Farnborough Road, Farnborough

FLEET

Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet

GOSPORT

Town Hall, High Street, Gosport

HAVANT

Civic Offices, Havant

LYMINGTON

Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington

LYNDHURST

Appletree Court, Lyndhurst

NEW ALRESFORD

New Alresford Library, 20 Broad Street, New Alresford

OVERTON

Overton Library, Winchester Street, Overton

PETERSFIELD

Council Offices, Penn Place, Petersfield

PORTSMOUTH

Cosham Branch Library, Spur Road, Cosham, Portsmouth

Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth

RINGWOOD

Ringwood Library, Christchurch Road, Ringwood

ROMSEY

Council Offices, Dutton Road, Romsey

SOUTHAMPTON

Civic Centre, Southampton

Eastern Branch Library, Bitterne Road East, Southampton

Shirley Branch Library, Redcar Street, Southampton

TADLEY

Tadley Library, Mulfords Hill, Tadley

TOTTON

Totton Library, Library Road, Totton

WATERLOOVILLE

Council Information Office, Tyfield House, Blendworth Lane, Horndean,

Waterlooville

WINCHESTER

City Office, Colebrook Street, Winchester

Should you require further information about the local inquiries or

about other aspects of the Commission's work write to the

Boundary Commission for England, PO Box 31060, London, SW1V 2FF, or

telephone:

Hampshire, Portsmouth and

Southampton enquiries 020 7533 5174 or 020 7533 5135

General enquiries 020 7533 5177

Fax 020 7533 5176

Email address for:-

Hampshire, Portsmouth and

Southampton enquiries: chris.ault@ons.gov.uk

General enquires: bcomm.england@ons.gov.uk

Web site: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pbc/

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