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PROPOSALS FOR PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES IN THE UNITARY AUTHORITIES OF AVON

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PROPOSALS FOR PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES IN THE UNITARY AUTHORITIES OF: ...
PROPOSALS FOR PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES IN THE UNITARY AUTHORITIES OF:

BATH AND NORTH EAST SOMERSET

BRISTOL

NORTH SOMERSET

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

The commission will publish provisional recommendations on 6 July

2000 for changes to the ten existing constituencies in the area

covered by the four unitary authorities and for the allocation of an

extra seat.

Provisional Recommendations

1. The commission noted that since their last review of

parliamentary constituencies, the county of Avon had been

abolished and replaced by four unitary authorities. They also

noted that, in terms of the rules governing the conduct of reviews

of parliamentary constituencies, each authority should be regarded

as a separate county.

2. The commission considered the electorates of the four

authorities and noted that when they were divided by the 2000

electoral quota (69,932) the result was the following theoretical

entitlements to seats:-

County Electorate Theoretical

entitlement

Bath and North East Somerset 130,990 1.87 seats

Bristol 290,480 4.15 seats

North Somerset 145,079 2.07 seats

South Gloucestershire 186,555 2.67 seats

The electoral quota is explained in 'Background Note' below.

3. The commission have provisionally decided to review each

unitary authority separately, and to allocate two seats to Bath

and North East Somerset, four seats to Bristol, two seats to North

Somerset, and three seats to South Gloucestershire, a total of

eleven seats.

4. The commission noted that the electorates of the ten existing

seats range from 70,388 in Bristol East BC, to 85,078 in the

Bristol West BC, which is the third largest constituency in

England. They also noted that three of the existing constituencies

(Bristol North West BC, Kingswood BC and Wansdyke CC) crossed the

boundaries of the unitary authority and that eleven of the new

wards, that came into effect in each unitary authority on 6th May

1999, were split between the existing constituencies. The

commission do not divide wards between constituencies and propose

to realign the constituency boundaries to take account of the

divided wards as part of this general review.

5. The commission recognised that, by taking the decision to

allocate an extra constituency and to recommend constituencies

wholly within the unitary authority boundaries, they would be

proposing a significant level of change to some of the existing

constituencies, but they endeavoured to keep that change to a

minimum wherever possible.

BATH AND NORTH EAST SOMERSET

6. The commission noted that the authority currently comprises the

whole of the existing Bath CC and the majority of the existing

Wansdyke CC, the remainder of which is in South Gloucestershire,

and that one ward (Bathavon South) is split between the existing

Bath CC and Wansdyke CC. They considered only making the minimum

change necessary to realign the constituency boundaries with the

authority and ward boundaries, but decided that this would result

in too high a disparity. They therefore decided to include the

Bathavon North and Bathavon South wards in Wansdyke CC which

resulted in two constituencies with very similar electorates. This

alteration thereby restricted Bath CC to the urban area of the

former City of Bath, which had been the constituency boundary

until the last general review.

7. The commission were concerned that the proposed Bath CC would

be completely surrounded by Wansdyke CC but they decided that the

alternatives would either divide the urban area of Bath or result

in a significantly higher disparity. They therefore rejected them.

As a result of this proposed change, the commission decided to

designate the Bath seat as a borough constituency.

8. The commission noted that the name of the revised Wansdyke seat

related to the name of the former District, which had been

abolished in 1996. They therefore decided to recommend that the

name of the seat be altered to North East Somerset to reflect the

name of the authority.

9. The composition of the two constituencies provisionally

recommended would be (the 2000 electorates are shown in

brackets):

BATH BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (65,048). Sixteen wards of Bath and

North East Somerset: Abbey, Bathwick, Combe Down, Kingsmead,

Lambridge, Lansdown, Lyncombe, Newbridge, Odd Down, Oldfield,

Southdown, Twerton, Walcot, Westmoreland, Weston, Widcombe.

NORTH EAST SOMERSET COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (65,942). Twenty-one wards

of Bath and North East Somerset:- Bathavon North, Bathavon South,

Bathavon West, Chew Valley North, Chew Valley South, Clutton,

Farmborough, High Littleton, Keynsham East, Keynsham North,

Keynsham South, Mendip, Midsomer Norton North, Midsomer Norton

Redfield, Paulton, Peasedown, Publow and Whitchurch, Radstock,

Saltford, Timsbury, Westfield.

BRISTOL

10. The commission noted that the authority currently contains the

whole of the existing Bristol East BC, Bristol South BC, Bristol

West BC, and parts of the existing Bristol North West BC and

Kingswood BC, the remainder of which are in South Gloucestershire.

They also noted that four of the Bristol wards (Horfield,

Kingsweston, Knowle, and Lockleaze) are split between the existing

constituencies. They decided to keep change to a minimum as far as

possible.

11. The commission considered that the only change required to

Bristol South BC was to include the whole of the Knowle ward, part

of which is currently contained in the existing Bristol East BC.

They decided to include the Frome Vale and Hillfields wards,

currently in the existing Kingswood BC, in Bristol East BC. They

also decided to transfer the Easton and Lawrence Hill wards from

Bristol East BC to Bristol West BC. They further decided to

transfer the Henleaze, Stoke Bishop, and Westbury-on-Trym wards to

Bristol North West BC, which would also include the whole of the

Horfield, Kingsweston and Lockleaze wards, which are currently

divided between the existing Bristol North West BC and Bristol

West BC.

12. The commission noted that as there are thirty-five wards in

Bristol, there would always be a disparity in the electorates of

the four seats. They considered that a disparity of 7,165 was

acceptable given the minimal level of change. They also decided

not to change the names of any of the proposed constituencies.

13. The composition of the four constituencies provisionally

recommended would be (the 2000 electorates are shown in

brackets):

BRISTOL EAST BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (68,245). Eight wards of

Bristol:- Brislington East, Brislington West, Eastville, Frome

Vale, Hillfields, St George East, St George West, Stockwood.

BRISTOL NORTH WEST BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (72,563). Nine wards of

Bristol:- Avonmouth, Henbury, Henleaze, Horfield, Kingsweston,

Lockleaze, Southmead, Stoke Bishop, Westbury-on-Trym.

BRISTOL SOUTH BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (75,410). Nine wards of

Bristol:- Bedminster, Bishopsworth, Filwood, Hartcliffe, Hengrove,

Knowle, Southville, Whitchurch Park, Windmill Hill.

BRISTOL WEST BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (74,262). Nine wards of

Bristol:- Ashley, Bishopston, Cabot, Clifton, Clifton East,

Cotham, Easton, Lawrence Hill, Redland.

NORTH SOMERSET

14. The commission noted that the authority currently contains the

whole of the existing Weston-Super-Mare CC and Woodspring CC. They

also noted that one ward (Wrington) was split between the existing

seats. The commission considered that the only change required to

the boundary between the two seats was to include the whole of the

Wrington ward in Woodspring CC, thereby reducing the disparity to

2,463. They noted that the name of Woodspring CC related to the

name of the former district, which had been abolished in 1996.

They therefore decided that the name of the seat be altered to

North Somerset CC, to reflect the name of the authority.

15. The composition of the two constituencies provisionally

recommended would be (the 2000 electorates are shown in

brackets):

NORTH SOMERSET COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (71,308). Twenty-three wards of

North Somerset:- Backwell, Clevedon Central, Clevedon East,

Clevedon North, Clevedon South, Clevedon Walton, Clevedon West,

Clevedon Yeo, Easton-in-Gordano, Gordano, Nailsea East, Nailsea

North and West, Pill, Portishead Central, Portishead Coast,

Portishead East, Portishead Redcliffe Bay, Portishead South and

North Weston, Portishead West, Winford, Wraxall and Long Ashton,

Wrington, Yatton.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (73,771). Thirteen wards of

North Somerset:- Banwell and Winscombe, Blagdon and Churchill,

Congresbury, Hutton and Locking, Kewstoke, Weston-Super-Mare

Central, Weston-Super-Mare Clarence and Uphill, Weston-Super-Mare

East, Weston-Super-Mare Milton and Old Worle, Weston-Super- Mare

North Worle, Weston-Super-Mare South, Weston-Super-Mare South

Worle, Weston- Super-Mare West.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

16. The Commission noted that the authority currently contains the

whole of the existing Northavon CC and parts of the existing

Bristol North West BC, Kingswood BC and Wansdyke CC. They also

noted that five wards (Bitton, Bradley Stoke Bowsland, Hanham,

Longwell Green, and Winterbourne) are split between the existing

seats. They recognised that a significant amount of change was

inevitable in South Gloucestershire to create three

constituencies.

17. The commission decided to transfer the Oldland Common ward

from the existing Wansdyke CC to Kingswood BC, and to include the

whole of the split wards of Bitton, Hanham, and Longwell Green in

Kingswood BC.

18. The commission decided to create a seat centred on that part

of the existing Bristol North West BC which is now in South

Gloucestershire. They concluded that it should also include the

Downend and Staple Hill wards from the existing Kingswood BC, and

the Almondsbury, and Pilning and Severn Beach wards from the

existing Northavon CC. The split wards of Bradley Stoke Bowsland

and Winterbourne would also be included in this constituency,

which they decided should be named Filton and designated as a

county constituency.

19. The commission decided that the existing Northavon CC should

be reduced in size and contain only fifteen wards. They noted that

the name related to the former District of Northavon, which had

been abolished in 1996. They decided that the name of the seat

should be altered to Thornbury and Yate CC to reflect the names of

the two largest towns in the constituency.

20. The composition of the three constituencies provisionally

recommended would be (the 2000 electorates are shown in

brackets):-

FILTON COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (62,299). Eleven wards of South

Gloucestershire:- Almondsbury, Bradley Stoke Baileys Court,

Bradley Stoke Bowsland, Bradley Stoke Sherbourne, Downend, Filton,

Patchway, Pilning and Severn Beach, Staple Hill, Stoke Gifford,

Winterbourne.

KINGSWOOD BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (60,936). Nine wards of South

Gloucestershire:- Bitton, Hanham, Kings Chase, Longwell Green,

Oldland Common, Parkwall, Rodway, Siston, Woodstock.

THORNBURY AND YATE COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (63,320). Fifteen wards of

South Gloucestershire:- Alveston, Boyd Valley, Charfield, Chipping

Sodbury, Cotswold Edge, Dodington, Frampton Cotterell, Ladden

Brook, Severn, Thornbury North, Thornbury South, Westerleigh, Yate

Central, Yate North, Yate West.

21. The proposed new constituencies are illustrated in outline on

the sketch map at the centre of this document (please note the

copyright warning below concerning the map). The letters on the

map refer to the authorities and the numbers refer to the wards.

The map is to be used in conjunction with the ward listing at the

end of this document which shows the letters and names of the

authorities, the numbers and wards, and the 2000 ward electorates

on which the commission are required by law to work.

22. Please note that the wards named in this document are the new

wards which were created by the following Orders and which came

into effect at the local elections on 6 May 1999:

The District of Bath and North East Somerset (Electoral Changes)

Order 1998;

The City of Bristol (Electoral Changes) Order 1998;

The District of North Somerset (Electoral Changes) Order 1998;

The District of South Gloucestershire (Electoral Changes) Order

1998.

Publication of Provisional Recommendations

23. The provisional recommendations will be published formally in

a notice appearing in local newspapers in each of the four unitary

authorities 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

24. 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:-

BATH Guildhall, High Street, Bath.

BRISTOL Bedminster Library, East Street, Bristol.

Clifton Library, Princess Victoria Street, Bristol.

St George Library, Church Road, Bristol.

The Exchange, Electoral Registration Office,

Corn St, Bristol.

Westbury-on-Trym Library, Falcondale Road, Bristol.

CLEVEDON Clevedon Library, 37 Old Church Road, Clevedon.

FILTON Filton Library, Shield Road, Retail Park, Link

Road, Filton.

KEYNSHAM Council Offices, Riverside, Keynsham.

KINGSWOOD The Library, High Street, Hanham.

Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood.

MIDSOMER NORTON The Hollies, Midsomer Norton.

PORTISHEAD Portishead Library, High Street, Portishead.

THORNBURY Council Offices, Castle Street, Thornbury.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE Town Hall, Weston-Super-Mare.

YATE Yate Area Office, Kennedy Way, Yate.

Representation Period: 6 July 2000 to 6 August 2000

25. The Commission are required to consider representations about

their provisional recommendations made within one month of local

publication on 6 July 2000. Representations should be addressed to

the Boundary Commission for England, PO Box 31060, London, SW1V

2FF, or faxed to 020 7533 5176, or emailed to

gerald.tessier@ons.gov.uk. All representations received by the

commission will be acknowledged. The representation period will

end on 6 August 2000.

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