A short while ago The Boundary Commission proposed to join Rowlands Castle to the centre of Horndean in a two-member ward called “Rowlands Castle”. This attracted no support whatever from local people or Councillors.
Following our response citing concerns that there were no strong ties between the Horndean and Rowlands Castle communities and that either village being represented by Councillors only from the adjacent one would be bad for that village they issued a revised proposal for a three-member ward to include Rowlands Castle and even more of Horndean to include Kings Ward. We thought this was even more unacceptable.
Knowing that this was also likely to be controversial they extended the consultation period to the 5th March on their revised proposals (Boundary Commission Knows Best 6th Feb 2018)
The problem was: “How can we arrange ward boundaries so that the number of electors in each ward will be roughly the same by 2023 whilst accounting for the numbers of new homes that are going to be built here and maintaining single Councillor wards?
Local Councillors, Elaine Tickell, Malcolm Johnson and David Evans have worked closely with EHDC Officers on the very hard task of producing a workable solution that the Boundary Commission would find acceptable. We believe this proposal achieves this and the submission to the commission can be downloaded on this link Horndean and Rowlands Castle Submission Final 1
The recent poll results showed that 94% of people responding also support separate wards. If you still feel this is important (or agree with the commission views) please can you contact the commission and tell them. Right now we need your support to get this point through to them.
Please download the submission and email it to the commission and you can do so on this link HERE
Apologies but there are only a few days to do this by the 5th March. there has been a lot of discussion with the Boundary Commission to try to get a proposal that addresses their criteria.
Here are the proposed ward maps (Downs ward remains pretty much the same):