Have your say on borough seat before deadline next week

An eleventh hour appeal is being made to residents to object to proposals to scrap the Ribble Valley parliamentary constituency.

Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 3:35 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 1:03 pm
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Ribble Valley councillor Ken Hind is urging people to write to the Parliamentary Boundary Commission not only objecting, but also supporting those being put forward by borough Conservatives and Ribble Valley Council for constituencies to be based on local authorities, thus reducing change.

The deadline for comments is Monday, December 5 and Coun Hind said: “We need a strong response to oppose these proposals. Write in to the Boundary Commission for England at 35 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BQ or access their web site at www.bce2018.org.uk and support the Lancashire wide plan we are putting forward.”

The commission is proposing reducing the number of parliamentary seats from 16 to 14 in Lancashire and to split Ribble Valley into two, Clitheroe and Colne and North Lancashire.

The North Lancs seat proposed stretches from Carnforth to Rimmington and includes Ribchester, Chipping and Longridge and Coun Hind says “it has no obvious centre or community interests” and covers four local authorities.

Coun Hind says they are proposing a new seat including all the borough with the Hyndburn borough wards of Great Harwood, Rishton, Baxenden, Church and Oswaldtwistle to be called Ribble Valley and Hyndburn West. Great Harwood has been in the Ribble Valley in the past.