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Boundary review: Barking and Dagenham’s views on proposed changes

PUBLISHED: 08:54 09 March 2017

The proposed changes could come into place for the 2020 General Election (Picture: Rui Vieira/PA)

The proposed changes could come into place for the 2020 General Election (Picture: Rui Vieira/PA)

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Proposed changes to constituency boundaries which could see the seats of Barking and Dagenham and Rainham amended have prompted a mixed reaction from constituents.

The proposed constituencies

Barking: Alibon, Becontree, Eastbury, Gascoigne, Goresbrook, Longbridge, Mayesbrook, Parsloes and Thames, plus Goodmayes and Mayfield (from Redbridge)

Dagenham and Rainham: Alibon, Chadwell Heath, Heath, River, Valence, Village and Whalebone, plus Elm Park, Rainham and Wennington and South Hornchurch (from Havering)

Romford: Eastbrook, plus Brooklands, Havering Park, Hylands, Mawneys, Pettits, Romford Town and Squirrel’s Heath (from Havering)

Responses to the plans, outlined by the Boundary Commission in September, would the Dagenham and Rainham constituency lose Eastbrook ward to the Romford constituency but gain the Alibon and Valence wards.

One resident said that “I have no problems with your suggestion for Barking and Dagenham”, while another welcomed “the inclusion of two new wards to Dagenham and Rainham” but called Eastbrook’s reallocation “a bit strange and...a concern”.

A Dagenham resident of 44 years said that “the proposed changes will confuse the majority of residents” while another, who lives in the Eastbrook ward, feared that “we would get left on the sidelines”.

An initial 12-week consultation into the proposals took place in the autumn, with almost 20,000 responses submitted across the country.

A second consultation period has now launched and will be running until Monday, March 27.

Sam Hartley, secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said: “Public input is invaluable throughout the 2018 Boundary Review.

“Comments made during both consultations will help us develop a well-rounded picture of how local communities live and work together across the country.

“This local knowledge will be essential when we revise our proposals. Any changes will be based on your comments so it’s important to have your say.”

A final consultation will be published either late this year or early next year, with the final recommendation being made to Parliament in September 2018.

If agreed by Parliament, the new constituencies will be in use at the next scheduled General Election in 2020.

To have your say, visit bce2018.org.uk


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