The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its draft report and revised boundaries for the District Council which also has some implications for the Parish Council.
Bizarrely this would see Horndean village centre, the war memorial, Parish offices and areas like Blendworth, Keydell and LEOH transferred to a new Rowlands Castle ward. A consultation period has started and anyone wishing to comment has until the 11th December 2017 to give their views.
The commission is an independent body reporting to Parliament and recommends how many Councillors are needed, the number of wards, their boundaries and the number of councillors in each.
Across EHDC there are currently 44 Councillors which would reduce to 43 and 38 wards which would reduce to 12. The electorate is 91,686 with each member representing about 2132 people. The current map is below:
The Commission have come to this conclusion feeling that the A3M is a particularly strong boundary rather than a sense of community and as a result the Horndean war memorial and Horndean village centre would fall under a new larger Rowlands Castle ward. This would include Keydell, Blendworth and the LEOH development which is bringing in significant community assets.
Excerpt from commission report below:
The boundary commission in their draft recommendations specifically state they “particularly welcome comments” on this division of Horndean into Rowlands Castle and submissions from residents are particularly welcome.
I think they feel it will be a contentious issues they have specifically invited comments on this so please use the consultation links below to give them your thoughts and also please post them as a comment on this blog so everyone can share them.
For my personal view I will be responding as follows but welcome comments on this blog so I can add to my current thoughts:
The proposal to divide Horndean village in two with half going to a Rowlands Castle Ward would result in the Horndean village centre, Horndean war memorial and significant part of the Horndean community being represented under the name of an adjacent village. Bizarrely the new Horndean Catherington ward would no longer include the heart of Horndean.
The A3M does pass through the village (in the same way that the railway line passes through and divides Rowlands Castle) but the bridges create easy accessibility across all parts of Horndean with residents equally accessing the village, its amenities and other services across the area. If there is a desire to identify a structured boundary then the extensive woodland between the parishes of Horndean and Rowlands Castle provide this with the two communities separated by several kilometres of woodland.
The area of Horndean to the East of the A3M, if a separate ward should be known as “Horndean Blendworth” and include the full curtilage of the future LEOH development to the south up to the SDNPA boundary and Havant thicket. This would retain the sense of identity of this community with Horndean and allow Rowlands Castle to retain its unique identity as a separate ward.
It is important to give your views whether you support this or not to the commission and you can do so by post, email and online by the 11th December 2017 using the details below:
By Post: The Review Officer (East Hampshire), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th floor, Millbank Tower, London, SW1P 4Q
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Line: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/970
Click on this link HERE to download the draft report as a PDF file and the sections for Horndean are 52 – 54, 56 – 60.
Click on this link HERE to visit the commissions details for EHDC online, view the report and give your views.
Please feel free to add a comment on this blog and share your view whether for or against!